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Laurel County Health Department officials discuss new mask mandate

Published: Jul. 10, 2020 at 6:41 PM EDT
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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Laurel County has more than 200 cases of COVID-19 and has 130 active cases.

Executive Director Mark Hensley said the new mask mandate could help stop the spike.

“I’m in favor of the masks because I do think it helps to prevent those respiratory droplets from spreading there’s science that proves that,” said Hensley.

The mask mandate was anticipated, the question was not if there would be a mask mandate but when.

“We know that there’s a spike in cases throughout Kentucky and especially here in Laurel County so it was something we were anticipating, maybe not this soon,” added Hensley.

Aaron Burkhart and Isaiah Shelton visit the gym three to four times per week. With the mask mandate, they said it could be difficult to work out.

“Some stuff you can’t really do with a mask on, I’m sure some people can work out with a mask on, really I can’t sometime’s my beard will get in the way and it will pull it up and pull it down and makes it a little more hot,” said Burkhart.

This will not stop them from wearing a mask to protect themselves and others around them

“Slow down the spread, cause you know you’re in there talking to other people and stuff like that you keep from spitting out,” added Burkhart. Yeah, it will catch the particles and spit in your mouth and stuff,” said Shelton.

Health department officials will help enforce the mask mandate by educating local businesses.

“Help to educate them and provide them the needed information where they can suggest their clientele wears masks when they enter those establishments,” said Hensley.

To see where you are and are not required to wear a mask click here.

The mandate does not include children under the age of five or those with health problems that a mask can compromise such as asthma or COPD.

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