Platte County 'strongly encouraging' residents to wear face coverings in public

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Posted at 4:08 PM, Jul 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-02 17:08:43-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Platte County, Missouri, Health Department is “strongly encouraging” the county’s residents to wear face coverings in public.

The county did not issue a mandate, as other metro jurisdictions have, but said masks combined with physical distancing are “simple, inexpensive methods that are highly effective at preventing the spread of the virus.”

PCHD asked residents to “do your part to reduce the spread,” noting that case numbers are rising in this fifth month of the pandemic.

“There are numerous scientific evidence studies available to support that the use of face masks reduce the transmission of this virus,” Health Director Mary Jo Vernon said in a statement. “When health and lives are at stake, wearing a mask is truly a simple act of consideration and concern for each other.”

The department said children under 2 and anyone who has trouble breathing or unable to remove the mask without assistance should not wear cloth face coverings.