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Portage Co. to issue face covering order

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PORTAGE CO. (WAOW) — On Thursday morning Portage County officials say they will be ordering a mask mandate.

This comes only a day after the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down the statewide mask mandate.

That ruling is over the scope of the Governor's power under state law.

“We are finalizing the work on our own order that provides a clear path forward for county businesses and residents. That path will help us continue to avoid some of the tumult that local jurisdictions have been through since the state’s response was shifted to us last year,” said
County Executive Chris Holman. He went on to explain that, “Because there does not seem to be any sort of plan for the state at this time, and the supreme court’s ruling yesterday significantly limits the Governor’s and DHS’ response to many aspects of this pandemic, local governments are left in the position of whether or not to respond in some manner.”

In a press release, officials say "residents can expect the county's order to be issued within the next several days."

Officials want to remind residents of the positive impact of the safety guidelines put in place over a year ago, claiming that following them resulted in a lower number of positive COVID-19 test results and a decrease in the number of active cases in Portage County.

This is a developing story that will be updated.

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