Harrison County, Iowa, to require masks as virus spikes


LOGAN, Iowa (AP) — A surge in coronavirus cases has led officials in one western Iowa county to require people to wear faces masks in public.

KETV in nearby Omaha, Nebraska, reports that the Harrison County Board on Thursday approved the mask regulation resolution in a 2-1 vote.

Supervisor John Straight, who voted for the mandate, says he hopes that requiring masks will help bring down virus numbers in the county, where the positivity rate of the virus has topped 20% for three straight weeks.

County health administrator Brad Brake says outbreaks in elder care facilities has been a driving factor. The mandate is expected to go into effect by Nov. 9 and be revisited after 30 days.

Harrison County has 703 total positive cases of COVID-19 and 16 deaths, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health. There have been 330 recoveries and 3,795 people tested. Harrison sits at 21.3% positive cases in a rolling 14-day average.

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