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Douglas County residents urged to wear masks in public

Douglas County residents urged to wear masks in public


Ben Housh, left, and Ken Vela, both of Omaha, wear face masks Monday outside Brickway Brewery & Distillery.

Teresa Elliott is surprised by her family on her final day of breast cancer radiation treatment outside her home in Omaha on Thursday, March 26, 2020. Elliott's family wore hand-sewn pink face masks while delivering her flowers, cards and other treats. They also rang a bell to honor the end of her cancer journey.

The Douglas County Health Department said Tuesday that people should wear masks in public.

“Wearing a homemade mask in public helps reduce the spread of COVID-19,” Douglas County Health Director Adi Pour said.

She called it “especially important when you reach out for help from first responders,” and when going to grocery stores and other retail outlets.

Pour said she was following the guidance from national public health officials on wearing masks.

“Remember, my mask protects you, and your mask protects me,” she said.

The department also said youth sports games and practices are banned in Douglas County. Such activities “cannot be held at this time because they violate directed health measures limiting the size of gatherings and mandating six feet of separation,” the department said in a press release.

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Chris Burbach covers the Douglas County Board, Planning Board and other local government bodies, as well as local neighborhood issues. Follow him on Twitter @chrisburbach. Phone: 402-444-1057.

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