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Crowd voices concerns about masks at Cape Girardeau Co. Health Board meeting

Published: Jul. 27, 2021 at 11:39 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 27, 2021 at 1:34 PM CDT
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - The Cape Girardeau County Health Board of Trustees held a regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, July 27.

The meeting was initially to be held at the public health center, but due to a large number of people wanting to attend, the meeting was moved to the Shawnee Park Sports Complex and pushed back to 12:30 p.m.

More than 80 Cape Girardeau County residents attended the meeting.

Some attendees brought signs and documents to protest mask and vaccine mandates.

The masks or vaccines were not mentioned on the agenda.

At the start of the meeting the board stated they would not be issuing a mask mandate nor had any plans to do so.

Tensions were high at the Cape Girardeau County Health Board of Trustees held on Tuesday, July...
Tensions were high at the Cape Girardeau County Health Board of Trustees held on Tuesday, July 27.(Source: KFVS/Don Frazier)

The published agenda included reports on finances, services, communicable disease and environmental health.

A review of administrative policy and guidelines, 2021 Budget and board training is also on the meeting agenda.

As the meeting was about to adjourn, many in the crowd addressed the board of trustees.

At times, tensions did rise as the board and presenters made comments and responses.

In the end, the board and the crowd appeared to be more at ease and respectful of each other.

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