Mayor announces order requiring masks for all city employees, buildings

Mayor announces order requiring masks for all city employees, buildings
Published: Jan. 12, 2022 at 10:14 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 12, 2022 at 11:32 AM EST
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - Mayor Aftab Pureval announced a new order requiring masks for all city employees and buildings regardless of vaccination status.

“Slowing the spread is absolutely essential in keeping the city functioning,” he said.

City Manager Paula Boggs Muething said the rate of positivity in city employees has been increasing over the weeks with the surge of the omicron variant.

“If the rate of contagion continues to rise, the city may face staffing shortages across departments and services,” she said.

City Health Commissioner Melba Moore said on Wednesday, 57 city employees were out for being COVID-19 positive.

The mask order will expire in 30 days.

Muething said masks have been required for the unvaccinated or those employees who do not share their vaccination status. Now, this new order requires all city employees to wear a mask.

“By enacting this rule for 30 days, the administration will slow the spread of COVID-19 at the city and reduce the risk of contagion between city employees, as well as the public,” she said.

Last week, the city announced the expansion of free COVID-19 testing.

The health commissioner said on day one, the city tested 83 people; day two tested 183; day three tested 200. Of those tests there is a 16.5% positivity rate.

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