City of Waukee delays face mask proclamation

WAUKEE, Iowa -- A Waukee emergency proclamation requiring face coverings in public places is being delayed.

The city says the measure that was set to take effect Friday is being put off City officials review new data.

The City it wants to look at Waukee-specific positive COVID-19 case numbers that have only recently been been made available.

Mayor Courtney Clarke says they don't want to make city-wide decisions on numbers that apply to all of Dallas County.

“Up until today, we’ve had to make community decisions related to COVID-19 based on countywide information. Now that these Waukee-specific numbers are being made available, we will be able to make more exact data-driven decisions as to how to protect community members from contracting COVID-19” Clarke says.

The City says newly released data shows 40 total active COVID-19 cases diagnosed in Waukee from Sept. 5 through Sept. 14, 2020.

“We are requesting the historical zip code-specific data for our City and plan to work with Dallas County and State health officials to review trends.” Clarke said. “It is our hope that with this analysis, we can set a data-driven target for future mask mandate proclamations” Clarke says.

Clarke’s current proclamation is being amended to strongly encourage the wearing of face masks in Waukee.

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