The Clay County Board of Commissioners voted on February 15, 2022 to adjust the mask mandate policy implemented this past January. The Board of Commissioners, working in conjunction with Clay County Public Health Officials, have continued to evaluate COVID-19 case information on a weekly basis in determining Clay County’s position with a mask mandate with the goal of keeping employees and citizens safe and reducing the spread of COVID-19.
During the February 15th Board meeting, the Clay County Public Health Administrator shared that public health is continuing to see a lower number of COVID-19 cases within Clay County compared to the peak the week of January 9th 2022. Hospital admissions have also seen a decline. This has led to increased capacity in our local hospitals both for adult and pediatric ICU beds. While the Omicron variant appears to be more contagious than previous COVID-19 strains, the effects are milder, leading to fewer hospitalizations and deaths for those vaccinated.
After considering all information, the Clay County Board of Commissioners voted to adjust from a mask mandate, to a mask recommendation status effective February 16th, 2022. Employees and citizens who are not vaccinated will be required to continue to wear a mask when in Clay County buildings. All vaccinated employees are recommended but not required to wear masks. The Board of Commissioners understand that 24/7 facilities and those departments completing home visits may have policy requirements to continue the use of masks. Please reach out to your supervisor for any departmental clarifications.
The Board of Commissioners will continue to evaluate the Omicron variant and future variants, adjusting policies as necessary with the goal of limiting exposure to employees and citizens.