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Lee County health officials urge mask wearing after state mandate lifted

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FORT MADISON (WGEM) -- Officials from the Lee County Health Department are urging county residents to continue wearing masks even though the state official lifted the mask mandate early Sunday.

Previously, Iowans over the age of two had to wear masks when inside and when within 6 feet of non-family members for more than 15 minutes.

Governor Kim Reynolds lifted those measures on Sunday, but public health administrator Michele Ross said people should continue wearing masks or risk another case surge.

"We came off a big surge, probably from the holiday season where people did choose to gather, and it does put people at substantial risk if they continue to put themselves in high risk exposure areas," she said.

Ross said the county's coronavirus number are moving in the right direction and they want to keep it that way.

"We've been holding pretty steady around 12 to 14 percent positivity rate, the 14 day average and we'd like to keep that going down if we can," she said.

In addition to wearing masks, Ross said people should also keep practicing good hand hygiene and socially distance.

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Blake Sammann

Blake Sammann is a reporter and weekend anchor at WGEM News.

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