CCPHC recommends wearing masks for the next six weeks

Chris Bowie
Boonville Daily News

Cooper County Public Health Center Director Melanie Hutton said with the 2021-22 school year now in full swing, the county strongly recommends all schools, daycares, businesses, places of public gatherings return to requiring masks for the next six weeks.

Hutton said from August 7-13, 58 new cases have been reported to the CCPHC. That brings the total to 113 new cases from August 1-13 (non-correctional). In July, 179 new cases were reported.

“We need parents to support mask use for their children and all the school employees,” Hutton said. “If we all work together and wear masks, we can reduce the number of cases and allow the children a safer group environment to learn, participate in athletics and socialize in.”

Hutton added that if masks are not required in each school building, then the school related covid exposures will have to quarantine at home for 10 days instead of being able to attend school with masks during their 10-day quarantine period.

“Our covid cases rates are increasing and if we all unit to help reduce our case spread over the next six weeks then we can evaluate hopefully reduce mask usage as optional,” Hutton said. “Increasing our covid immunizations for all ages 12 and up over this same time period will work in tandem with the masks.”

The CCPHC also released the cases by school geographical boundaries. Case count includes all individuals living within the geographical boundaries of a school district. However, Hutton said these cases may or may not be school age children or employees.

In the Boonville School District, 39 cases were reported from August 7-13. Pilot Grove School District had the next highest at 6, followed by Prairie Home School District with 5, Otterville School District with 4, Bunceton School District with 3 and Blackwater School District with 1.