Douglas County commissioners on Wednesday voted 3-0 to extend an emergency health order that includes a mask requirement through Feb. 9.
Douglas County officials have implemented an emergency mask mandate to curb the spread of COVID-19 as case numbers have reached record highs in the past week.
The Douglas County Commission on Wednesday unanimously passed an extension of the current countywide mask mandate for children through the end of the school semester.
The Douglas County Commission on Wednesday will discuss a possible extension of the countywide mask mandate for kids put into place last month.
Updated to add video: Lawrence police were investigating Thursday after a reported altercation involving signs near an elementary school, where an anti-mask protester and pro-mask counter-protesters have been stationed often since school began last month.
A protester has added his anti-mask message to the morning routine at Sunset Hill Elementary School, leading some in the Lawrence community to express concerns for safety.
A new mask mandate for kids ages 2-11 is now in effect in Douglas County, despite public commenters drawing comparisons to the Holocaust and threatening to unenroll their kids from public schools Wednesday night.
The Douglas County Commission on Wednesday will consider a new mask mandate to slow the spread of COVID-19 cases in the population group not yet eligible to receive a vaccination for the respiratory virus: children ages 2 to 11.
Lawrence public schools will require students and staff who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to mask up in August, but it will be based on an honor system rather than requiring proof of vaccination.
New research from KU shows that counties in Kansas that instituted mask mandates experienced significantly lower rates of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths compared with counties declining to take that precaution.
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