For a few weeks, the pandemic was easing up enough in the area for La Crosse County leaders to declare that county board members were required to attend monthly meetings in person again.
Now that COVID is on the rise again, board members still have to show up for meetings, but now they’re “strongly encouraged” to wear face masks, and county employees have to wear masks on the job.
County officials are not requiring vaccinations for county employees, but they do expect those workers to wear masks.
“Today, our current practice continues to follow CDC guidelines, and we’re requiring everybody to wear masks that works for the county,” human resources director Stephen Conrad told the county board on Monday.
County chair Monica Kruse says 58 per cent of La Crosse County residents are now vaccinated, with 90 per cent of residents 65 and older leading the way. Kruse says a vaccination race of roughly 60 per cent is “not great.”
The county courthouse and jail recently reinstated its mask requirement for visitors who have to go to offices and courtrooms.