Kansas City committee recommends extending its indoor mask mandate until Oct. 7

Kansas City committee recommends extending its indoor mask mandate until Oct. 7
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A Kansas City, Missouri, city council committee voted Wednesday to extend the city’s mask mandate until at least Oct. 7.The city’s health director said that residents are “not out of the woods yet.”Frank Thompson, said at the current rate it will be November before Kansas City, Missouri, meets the current national fully vaccinated average of 53%.Thompson showed a graph indicating the summer delta outbreak started to decline after the second mask mandate in early August.Health officials said they are seeing an average of 10 children a day under 18 diagnosed with COVID-19.Thompson said the best prevention remains wearing face masks, social distancing and good personal hygiene.The Kansas City Health Department is no longer doing COVID-19 testing. That is being left to outside and commercial groups but it may resume if the health department gets some more federal money.The full city council will vote on the measure Thursday.Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the mask mandate was extended.

A Kansas City, Missouri, city council committee voted Wednesday to extend the city’s mask mandate until at least Oct. 7.

The city’s health director said that residents are “not out of the woods yet.”

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Frank Thompson, said at the current rate it will be November before Kansas City, Missouri, meets the current national fully vaccinated average of 53%.

Thompson showed a graph indicating the summer delta outbreak started to decline after the second mask mandate in early August.

Health officials said they are seeing an average of 10 children a day under 18 diagnosed with COVID-19.

Thompson said the best prevention remains wearing face masks, social distancing and good personal hygiene.

The Kansas City Health Department is no longer doing COVID-19 testing. That is being left to outside and commercial groups but it may resume if the health department gets some more federal money.

The full city council will vote on the measure Thursday.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the mask mandate was extended.

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