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St. Louis County executive says mask mandate stands; Missouri attorney general seeks restraining order

Annika Merrilees, St. Louis Post-Dispatch on

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"These cases, and this curve is shooting straight up," Page said. "If we don't make some decisions fast, we're going to be in a bad spot."

Page on Wednesday said the court will determine the status of the mask mandate, and "until then, the law stands."

On Tuesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance to recommend that even vaccinated people return to wearing masks indoors in parts of the country with high or substantial transmission of COVID-19, defined by a case rate of at least 50 new cases per 100,000 residents over the past week.

According to CDC data, almost every county in Missouri meets that criteria. The only exceptions, as of Wednesday afternoon, were Scotland and Clark counties, in the northeast corner of the state, and Pemiscot County, in the southeast corner of Missouri.

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas said Wednesday that he planned to reinstate an indoor mask mandate that will take effect Aug. 2 and last until at least Aug. 28. In light of the lawsuit challenging St. Louis and St. Louis County, Lucas said he planned to introduce a resolution to the city council that would support the mandate.

Meanwhile, the St. Louis region continued to have increases in COVID-19 cases. On Wednesday, St. Louis-area hospitals reported a total of 367 patients hospitalized with confirmed cases — a number not reached since Feb. 11.

 

The Illinois Department of Public Health on Tuesday afternoon recommended that everyone, including the fully vaccinated, wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas that have substantial and high transmission of the virus.

Herb Simmons, director of the St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency, said at a briefing Wednesday that people can get vaccinated without stepping out of their car at the health department's vaccination site, 330 West Main St. in Belleville.

St. Clair County officials said cases have risen in 26 of the county's 27 ZIP codes.

"That's how quick this thing is spreading, again," Simmons said. "Tell your friends, tell your neighbors — it's not over with."

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