Platte County Health Department issues mask mandate

Positive test rate has tripled since June 24
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Posted at 8:33 PM, Jul 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-10 21:33:39-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Platte County Health Department Board of Trustees voted this week to make face masks mandatory in the county.

Details on the mandate, which will go into effect July 16, will be released early next week, according to a county health department news release.

Businesses will be asked to post a sign on their doors that states: "Mask must be continuously worn to enter and remain at these premises by order of the Platte County Health Department," the health department said.

A sharp rise in weekly COVID-19 cases and a tripling of the rate of positive tests in the past few weeks led to the decision to mandate mask wearing.

During the last few weeks, the number of cases in Platte County outside Kansas City, Missouri, city limits has surpassed the number of cases within city limits.

Through the most recent update Friday, there have been 294 cases, including six deaths, in Platte County since the start of the pandemic.