Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) recently put in place a mandatory face covering order at an online board meeting, citing concerns over the steady increase of coronavirus cases over the past few weeks in the tri-county area, and the effectiveness of face coverings to help prevent the spread. The order will be put in place soon for Adams County for 90 days, with the option to amend, rescind, or extend.
Dr. John Douglas, Executive Director, Tri-County Health Department, presented data showing increased coronavirus rates in Adams County. Due to this, the TCHD Board of Health voted to require the wearing of face coverings for all residents in public places. More information will be provided when the order takes effect. Face coverings can include masks, shields, and various types of cloth face coverings.
“The Adams County Board of Commissioners supports Tri-County’s decision, which still allows for freedom of movement throughout the county while making the health of our residents a priority,” said Emma Pinter, County Commissioner and Board Chair. “It is important we all follow this mandatory face covering order to help meet our long-term goal of keeping our businesses open and our residents healthy and employed.”
Any city or county can apply to TCHD to opt out of participation in the mandatory face covering order. Visit the TCHD website for more details.
Residents can Access Adams Online to take care of many county services from the comfort of their own home. Residents can view modified county operations here. For those needing resources for aging adults, childcare, food security, healthcare, housing, small businesses, and unemployment during this time, please visit the county’s COVID-19 Response & Recovery website.