Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Racine public health administrator says that requiring masks is a possibility

From The Journal

Dane County, Wisconsin's second-most populous county, will begin requiring all people in the county to wear masks while indoors starting Monday. It is the first order of its kind in Wisconsin as cases of COVID-19 are rising in the state, particularly among young adults.
Under that order, people will not be required to wear masks when only members of their household are present.

Janel Heinrich,director of Public Health Madison and Dane County
“Public health research now shows that face coverings are critical to slowing the spread of COVID-19,” Janel Heinrich, director of Public Health Madison and Dane County, said in a statement. “Given the current number of COVID-19 infections in our county, we need to all be wearing face coverings every time we leave the house.”
The City of Milwaukee is also discussing taking similar steps.

Dottie-Kay Bowersox
A mask requirement is possible in the City of Racine, Public Health Administrator Dottie-Kay Bowersox told The Journal Times, but has not yet been formally proposed.
Bowersox said in an email that it would be better if everyone in the city simply wore masks of their own volition to help present the spread of disease, and that ordering masks to be worn was not her preference.
"Wearing a mask means you care about other people, understand the science, are making a personal decision to help protect the health of your family, friends, and those you have yet to meet," she said. "This Public Health Department would prefer everyone voluntarily utilize respiratory etiquette, but an ordinance is well within our means if we see another spike in cases."

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