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Mon County Commission reinstates mask requirements

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Mask requirements have been reinstated by the Monongalia County Commission. Everyone entering county buildings are again required to wear a mask or facial covering regardless of vaccination status.

“We are basically reinstating our masking policy that we previously had for county buildings,” announced County Commission President Sean Sikora announced.

The commission lifted the previous mask mandate in June as cases of COVID-19 were on the decline across the state. At the time, the Monongalia Department of Health was reporting 0.7 cases per 100,000 people in the county and 18 active cases.

As of Wednesday morning, the state Department of Health and Human Resources reported 33.95 cases per 100,000 people and 298 active cases.

County employees are also required to wear a mask while in common areas. However, the masks are optional for employees who are vaccinated and are working in their own office or sectioned off from the public by a plastic safety barrier.

The county facilities department will also resume sanitizing county facilities on a bi-weekly basis.