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Columbus mayor to reissue mask mandate as COVID cases rise

The mandate will apply regardless of vaccination status.
Columbus will be under an indoor mask mandate in the coming days, according to Mayor Andrew...
Columbus will be under an indoor mask mandate in the coming days, according to Mayor Andrew Ginther.(Daniele Marzocchi | Flickr)
Published: Sep. 8, 2021 at 5:33 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 8, 2021 at 5:34 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus became one of the largest Ohio cities to announce plans Wednesday to reissue a mask mandate amid a rise of cases and hospitalizations as a result of the delta variant.

Mayor Andrew Ginther says he’ll issue an executive order in the coming days that would require all residents, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a face mask in indoor places across Columbus.

City health officials say hospitals are inundated with COVID-19 patients, including many under the age of 18.

More than 2,500 COVID cases were reported last week — an increase of 37 percent over the previous week.

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