Greenlee County BOS votes to continue mask mandate into December

Raymundo Frasquillo File Photo/Gila Herald: Volunteers hand out masks at an event in Morenci. On Tuesday, the Greenlee County BOS voted to extend the county’s mask mandate into December.

By Jon Johnson

DUNCAN – After an influx of new COVID-19 cases in the last week, the Greenlee County Board of Supervisors voted 2-1 to renew its mask mandate. Richard Lunt, District 3-Duncan, cast the lone dissenting vote.

Lunt previously said while he believes masks make a difference he did not want to require people to wear them.  

The resolution requires anyone entering a public place to wear a protective face mask. With the renewal, the mandate will be effective at least until Dec. 8, when it will likely be discussed at the board’s December meeting. If not renewed at that time, it will expire Dec. 12.  

Greenlee County has had a mask mandate since July 1 in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

After going nearly two months without a new case, Greenlee County has reported 22 new cases in October to push its total number to 81 for the course of the pandemic, with 14 of those cases being confirmed in just the last three days. The county currently lists 22 active cases.  

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