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Unified Government of Wyandotte County, KCK extends mask mandate into November

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Posted at 7:37 PM, Sep 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-10 14:04:40-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, has extended its mask mandate into November.

The Board of Commissioners voted Thursday night at a special meeting to push the mandate – which requires masks in indoor public spaces – until Nov. 18.

“There is still community spread of the delta variant, which is a priority,” the UG said in a tweet. “We need to stop the spread.”

Roughly 40% of residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, while about 47% of residents have received at least one dose of a vaccine.

As vaccines became more widely available, the UG began offering incentives to encourage residents to be inoculated. Kansas Speedway also offered the chance for people to take a couple laps on the track to increase the county’s vaccination rate.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment data in the most recent county COVID-19 ranking report lists Wyandotte County at ninth statewide when factoring in vaccination rate, virus cases and testing numbers.

The Unified Government Public Health Department began offering third doses of COVID-19 vaccines to immunocompromised people last month.

No changes were made to the mandate, but the updated order will be available on Friday.