Carroll County Public Health calls for mask mandate

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Composing the Carroll County Board of Supervisors are, from left, Stephanie Hausman, Gene Meiners, Neil Bock, Rich Ruggles and Dean Schettler.

CARROLL, Iowa — With COVID-19 infections surging statewide, the Carroll County Board of Health called on the county’s leadership Thursday to authorize a mandatory mask order.

“The Carroll County Board of Health would like to encourage area schools and businesses to institute mask requirements to help slow the spread and ask the Carroll County Board of Supervisors to implement a temporary mask mandate to ensure the safety of our residents in public spaces,” the health board said in a Facebook post.

A mandatory-mask resolution is on the agenda of the supervisors 9 a.m. meeting Monday, Nov. 16.

The health board said substantial community spread of COVID-19 in Carroll County is impacting daycare accessibility, safety of nursing home residents and availability of healthcare workers and is “rapidly shrinking capacity for hospitals across the state.”

All Carroll County residents were called on “to do the following proven and effective preventive measures”:

  • Wear a mask in public.
  • Stay home if not feeling well.
  • Avoid large gatherings.
  • Socially distance at 6 feet or father whenever possible.
  • Frequently wash your hands.

“I pray the supervisors heed to your advice,” said Teresa Pippert Quass on the Carroll County Board of Health Facebook page.

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