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Eau Claire City-Co. Board of Health provides input for Tuesday’s special sessions on mask ordinances

Updated: May. 17, 2021 at 9:03 PM CDT
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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - Following new CDC guidance saying fully vaccinated people can ditch the masks in many settings, special sessions are scheduled Tuesday, May 18 for both the Eau Claire City Council and the Eau Claire County Board to review the face covering requirements. The city and county ordinances are currently set to expire June 30.

Ahead of Tuesday’s special sessions, the Eau Claire City-County Health Department Board of Health held a special meeting Monday.

The meeting was not to tell the city council or the county board what to do in regards to the current ordinances, but rather to provide input.

Eau Claire City-County Health Department Director Lieske Giese says the good news is the county is averaging seven new cases a day with fewer hospitalizations and fewer deaths. She says the bad news is 47 percent of the population is not vaccinated.

Board of Health members talked about the need for higher vaccination rates and the difficulty of knowing who is vaccinated.

Board of Health and Eau Claire City Council Member Emily Berge says so far people reaching out to her have mixed opinions from those never in favor of masks to those worried about their children if the ordinances are repealed to those who are vaccinated and feel comfortable without an ordinance.

The board members in attendance all agreed if the mask ordinances are repealed, there are settings where masks should still be required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status.

Those settings are based on guidance from the CDC and include healthcare facilities, schools, correctional institutions, public transportation, homeless shelters, and businesses that choose to require masks.

Below is information on the special sessions

Eau Claire City Council Special Meeting Tuesday, May 18 at 4 p.m.

Click HERE for the event address.

Only Conference: United States Toll +1-408-418-9388 Access Code: 187 599 6788

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Special Meeting: Eau Claire County -Committee on Administration Tuesday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m.

Click HERE for the meeting link.

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Call in 415-655-0001 AccessCode: 145 479 9061

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Eau Claire County Board Meeting Tuesday, May 18 at 7p.m.

Public Comment form.

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Call in 415-655-0001 Access Code:145 365 4067

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