No mask mandate in Jefferson County

The health department's director would like one, but says there aren't enough resources to enforce it.

Alex Degman
July 02, 2020 - 6:12 pm
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HILLSBORO, Mo. (KMOX) -- Jefferson County isn't issuing a public mask mandate, but the head of the county health department thinks it should.

"I absolutely think it would be a great idea to have mandated masking for a period of time, as long as is necessary, in order to slow the spread of the illness again," said Kelly Vollmar, director of the Jefferson County Health Department.

Vollmar instead is encouraging people -- as strongly as she can -- to wear masks if they can't socially distance properly. She says this is imperative as the county's number of positive coronavirus cases increased by 144 percent in June, and science has definitively shown mask wearing helps slow the spread of disease.

Despite the uptick, Vollmar is encouraged by what she's seen throughout the pandemic in Jefferson County.

"I've got a lot of respect for my local community. They've worn masks, they shut down even when they weren't mandated to shut down during our stay at home order, so they've really gone above and beyond.

Franklin and St. Charles counties are also not requiring mask wearing in public, but St. Louis City and St. Louis County are. That mandate starts at 7:00 Friday morning.

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