OMAHA, Nebraska - The Douglas County Health Department is looking at the possibility of requiring face masks after Lincoln has done so.
Board of Health President Chris Rodgers says Douglas County is watching the actions of the Lincoln/Lancaster County Health Department with intense interest.
He says Douglas County doesn't have the authority to move without the Governor's approval, but is ready to pass a resolution asking all cities in the county to pass a mask ordinance based on increasing spread of COVID-19.
In a statement, Rodgers said, "The Douglas County Board of Health (BOH) and the Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) are watching with intense interest the actions of the Lincoln/Lancaster County Health Department as they evaluate the possibility of issuing a mandatory mask order.
The DCHD does not have the authority to pass a new Directed Health Measure without the Governor's approval, but the BOH is ready to pass a resolution asking all cities in Douglas County to pass a mask ordinance based on the increased number of COVID-19 cases over the last 10 days, the increased positivity rate for the last week, and our high levels of community spread."