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Almost 50% of Nebraskans under mask ordinances

Published: Nov. 24, 2020 at 11:07 PM CST
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(WOWT) - La Vista, Grand Island, and Columbus are added to the list of Nebraska communities with some sort of mask rules in place.

6 News crunched the numbers and found out almost half of Nebraskans do now — or will soon — fall under a requirement to wear a facemask in public.

In the past few days, communities surrounding the Omaha-metro have virtually copied and pasted the rules used in Omaha, to keep things uniform.

Health boards and city councils seem to be following the same strategy: First, present an expert. Tuesday night, that was UNMC doctor John Lowe.

“There’s really a multitude of interventions that prevent transmission of COVID-19 or SARS coronavirus two as Sarah was saying and masks are a key critical tool,” Dr. Lowe said.

Next: public comment. Alexa Johnson, an ICU nurse, spoke in favor.

“It’s disheartening to go out to the community and see people not wearing masks because it’s a small thing we can do to protect people from being in the hospital I’ve held the hands of so many people as they died,” Johnson said.

Others against masks seemed to call for alternative methods to treat and prevent COVID across the board.

“People just do what they’re told and nobody’s being told about vitamin D we need to be taking vitamin C and zinc like there’s oregano there are things that are working,” one woman who gave the first name Tonya said.

But in a week of mask ordinances passing it’s no surprise La Vista, Grand Island, and Columbus are following suit.

By Friday, 49.6% of Nebraskans will be under some form of mask rules. With similar mask ordinances slated for discussion in Papillion, Fremont, and York, it could be just weeks until the state surpasses 50%.

Gov. Pete Rickets said during his news conference on Wednesday that he would not fight the ordinances cities have been putting into place.

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