No mask mandate in proposed COVID proclamation

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

McCOOK, Neb. — The McCook Chamber of Commerce is proposing a mayoral proclamation urging residents to take precautions to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, but stopping short of calling for a mask mandate.

“This proclamation is not a mask mandate,” the McCook Chamber of Commerce noted in distributing the proclamation to members, “and we are not asking for a mask mandate. It is bringing awareness to the issue to keep our local economy going and avoid another shutdown.”

The proclamation notes that with the recent coronavirus spike, it was important for residents to follow public health recommendations to protect healthcare workers and keep healthcare open to all, as well as keep restaurants, retailers, service businesses, churches and schools open and “maintain our great quality of life during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The chamber asked its members to sign on in support of the proclamation.

Although the proclamation does not specifically call for a mask mandate, since the Southwest Nebraska Public Health District is in a high risk of COVID-19 spread status, current recommendations call for the following when in public:

• Stay at home unless traveling for work, medical care or food.

• Face coverings are strongly recommended for anyone over 2 years old

• Frequently wash hands and use hand sanitizer when hand washing isn’t possible.

• If sick with flu-like or COVID-like symptoms, stay at home. Minimize contact with symptomatic people and check temperature daily at work.

• Avoid bare hand contact with any high-touch surface.

For adults over age 65, anyone with underlying health conditions and othe populations at heightened risk from COVID-19:

• Stay at home as much as possible

• Rely on help for needs outside the home (groceries, medications, ets.)

• Distance from those working outside of the home.

More information on latest conditions in the SWNPHD area are available here.

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