The Washington County Board Of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously rejected a County mask mandate. Those who were in favor of the mandate cited the County’s 14 day positivity rate, that’s currently above 10%. A rate over over 10% means the Centers for medicare and medicaid services prohibit inside visitation to long term care facilities. The request was for a 6-8 week timeframe when vaccinations are being distributed to those long term care residents.
The Supervisors cited two reasons for voting down the mandate. One was that it would be difficult to enforce, as has been the case with nearly every other City and County since the pandemic began and the 2nd being that Assistant County Attorney Anthony Janney stating that a mandate would place “an additional burden on individual liberty” which would be in conflict with the state’s jurisdiction.