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Posted on: November 24, 2020

City Council approves emergency mask ordinance

NEWS LARGE Mask Ordinance

The City of La Vista Board of Health and City Council held emergency meetings on Tuesday, November 24, to consider and approve an emergency mask ordinance for the City.

The emergency mask ordinance was prepared in response to increased community transmission and confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the City and surrounding areas.

Over the past four weeks, the positivity rate for the Sarpy/Cass Health Department jurisdiction has doubled from 15.25% (week ending October 17) to 31.51% (week ending November 14). The average cases per day per 100,000 residents has more than doubled from 41.6 cases per day to 96.9. There are more than 1,000 active cases in Sarpy County with 173 in La Vista and its ETJ.

Nebraska has been ranked as having the sixth highest positivity rate in the nation and the White House Coronavirus Task Force has labeled mitigation efforts here as “inadequate”.

Hospitalizations in the Omaha metro area, according to the Metro Omaha Healthcare Coalition, have risen sharply from 137 patients per day for the week of October 17 to 378 for the week ending November 14.

La Vista’s mask ordinance will take effect November 27 and will remain in effect until February 23, unless otherwise cancelled or extended.

Full details about the ordinance and its enforcement can be found on our mask ordinance page.

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