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Clay County Public Health Official Warns It's Too Early To Relax COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts

Sat 2-6-2021

(Spencer)-- Officials with Clay County Public Health announced this (Saturday) afternoon a mask regulation that's been in effect since December 1st in that county will remain in place. 

In a statement, Clay County Board of Health Chair Janessa Mechler says they met Thursday and reviewed the latest covid-19 numbers for the county. She says they were pleased with the decrease in cases and that they feel the mask policy can be attributed to that. 

The regulation that was approved the Clay County Board of Health and Board of Supervisors states that the policy will remain in effect until the county experiences two consecutive weeks of the 14-day positivity rate being less than 5 percent. Clay county's positivity rate is currently at 8 percent. The statewide rate is 8.9 percent. Mechler says stopping the mitigation measures at the current positivity rates is "premature and we can expect to see a rise in cases again."

Today's (Saturday's) announcement from Clay County Public Health follows Friday's comments from Governor Kim Reynolds saying she's going to allow various restrictions that had been in place, including a masking requirement, to expire as of midnight tonight (Saturday).