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Walworth County residents voice mask mandate concerns

The Walworth County Health and Human Services Board met on Wednesday, July 22 at 2 p.m. in the County Board Room at the Walworth County Government Center, where many citizens were in attendance to take a stand on the possibility of Walworth County issuing a mask mandate in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Although the board is not exploring a mask mandate at this time, many citizens raised concern against a mask mandate. In total, 21 Walworth County residents voiced their opinion, weather in person or over the phone. Only two spoke in favor of a mask mandate. Of the citizens against a mask mandate, many spoke on behalf of people with disabilities or other health concerns who cannot or should not wear a mask, the deaf community not being able to read lips, or they believe it to be a violation of their personal rights and freedoms. The two citizens in favor of a mask mandate said there should be no limits in the tools we use to fight the virus, and that wearing a mask could help prevent the individual wearer from giving the virus to another person.

The testing sites for COVID-19 in Walworth County have been incredibly popular among residents, as they are sometimes turned away as a result of being too busy. It was noted that a testing site will be open next week in Lake Geneva, and another testing site will be open in August, which is anticipated to be in Delavan. No specific addresses of testing locations were mentioned.

The next Walworth County Health and Human Services meeting will be held on September 16, 2020 at 2 p.m. in the County Board Room in the Government Center in Elkhorn.

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