RACINE COUNTY– Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagraveon Thursday provided an administrative order needing all individuals getting in any county structure to wear a face mask or facial covering to help avoid the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The order, which worked right away, covers public locations of the structures. The only exemptions to the order are persons under age five and those unable to use a facial covering for medical reasons.
Delagrave's order broadens on a May 20 memorandum directing Racine County employees and contractors to use face coverings within county centers and workplaces. The brand-new order states: “This policy is in acknowledgment not only that making use of face coverings might avoid the spread of COVID-19, but that individuals in need of vital in-person resources (e.g., therapy sessions, task center, etc.) at County centers might otherwise not obtain themselves of those services missing a face-covering regulation.”
Delagrave, who made a complete healing after testing favorable for COVID-19 in early June, has actually decreased to provide a countywide necessary mask order calling the policy unenforceable.
The county order begins the exact same day that Wisconsin reported its second-highest level of brand-new COVID-19 cases– 1,052 statewide– considering that the state Department of Health Services (DHS) started tracking the illness in March. The single-day record of 1,117 brand-new cases was set on Tuesday. The DHS likewise reported that 878 deaths had actually been attributed to the COVID-19 virus.
The Racine Common Council earlier this week narrowly approved a city ordinance that will need individuals to wear a facial covering in most locations, inside and outdoors, within the Racine city limitations, beginning next Monday (July 27). Mayor Cory Mason and other supporters of the regulation cited the continued high rate of COVID-19 spread within the city and county.
In addition to the City of Racine, facial covering guidelines will work next Monday in Green Bay, Superior, and Whitefish Bay. Compulsory face mask requirements are already in location in the City of Milwaukee, the Village of Shorewood, and in Dane, Ashland and Bayfield counties.
As of Thursday, 30 U.S. states have statewide mask orders. Three in the Midwest were added today. Ohio's mask order worked Thursday. Minnesota's mask order starts Saturday, and Indiana will need compulsory facial coverings next Monday.