Omaha-area health director declines call for mandatory masks

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Douglas County Health Director Dr. Adi Pour speaks during a news conference at the Douglas County Health Department in Omaha, Neb., Friday, July 31, 2020. Dr. Pour said she won’t issue an order requiring people in the county and Omaha to wear masks to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, despite a unanimous vote by the county’s health board to do so. The rejection of the health board’s mandate came after Gov. Pete Ricketts and the state attorney general’s office contacted local authorities to insist that such a requirement would violate state law. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Douglas County’s health director has announced she will not issue an order requiring people in the county and Omaha to wear masks.

Douglas County Health Director Adi Pour had been widely expected to issue a mandate Friday after the Douglas County Board of Health on Monday voted unanimously to support a mask mandate.

However, the decision not to was made after Gov. Pete Ricketts and the state’s Attorney General’s offices contacted local authorities to insist that a local mandate would violate state law.

The news came as the state continued to see a rise in cases, including 344 new confirmed cases and four more COVID-19 deaths on Thursday. 


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