Linn County Requesting Local Control on Use of Face Coverings

Linn County officials would like local control on the use of face coverings.

The Linn County Board of Supervisors and Linn County Board of Health unanimously approved a proclamation on Wednesday requesting Governor Reynolds give counties and cities in Iowa authority to enact localized responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The proclamation is also supported by the mayors of eleven of Linn County’s eighteen cities, including Central City and Cedar Rapids.

The Linn County Supervisors say confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in Linn County and they feel more needs to be done to curb the spread of the disease. Linn County Public Health has recommended the use of cloth face coverings since early April. They hope this proclamation will move the governor to give local elected officials the authority and ability to mandate masks to help ensure the health and safety of their residents.

Over 2,100 Linn County residents have tested positive for the coronavirus. Linn County Public Health says nearly half of those who have tested positive are between the ages of 18 and 40. Linn County was seeing around one hundred confirmed cases each week in early July – that has risen to over two hundred confirmed cases each week over the past two weeks.