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County Board of Health is asking the Winneshiek County Board to approve its previous statement about mask wearing

Posted: Wed, Sep 9, 2020 4:44 PM

Members of the Winneshiek County Board of Health are forwarding to county supervisors a statement approved at last month's Board of Health meeting.

The statement (which is linked below) "STRONGLY RECOMMENDS that all Winneshiek County residents and visitors wear a cloth face mask or face covering when in public and maintain a six (6) foot distance from others."

Board of Health members rejected a proposal to approve a mask mandate, although County Attorney Andy Van Der Maaten told board members local boards of health have such authority and a mandate would be "most defendable."

But Board of Health member Kurt DeVore said that while "wearing a mask is 100 percent the right thing to do," he questioned whether the board had the authority to issue such a mandate.  Board member Mark Kuhn said that while he always wears a mask, other towns in Winneshiek County don't want a mandate.

Board member Janna Edrington said a mandate "has to be done," but the Board of Health decided that the strong recommendation should be sent on to supervisors instead.