Hinesville, Liberty County reinstate mask mandates amid rising COVID-19 cases


HINESVILLE, Ga. (WSAV) — The city of Hinesville and Liberty County administrators have reinstated their mask mandate in response to a recent increase in COVID-19 cases.

The city released a statement Friday stating employees and visitors must wear masks inside city buildings and facilities starting Monday, July 26. Temperature checks at City Hall are also making a comeback.

It was just three weeks ago when the city lifted COVID-19 related restrictions after more than a year in effect.

“We all have a role to play in protecting ourselves, our family and our community from COVID-19,” City Manager, Kenneth Howard, said. “As our community continues to grapple with this
pandemic, I encourage everyone to be vigilant. Please consider getting vaccinated and
adhering to the CDC’s safety guidelines.”

According to the Coastal Courier, Liberty County officials also made the decision to reinstate mask mandates Monday for county offices. The newspaper says the county shared the information of the decision in an email to the community.

Coastal Courier says the email from County Administrator Joey Brown stated the following:

“We have been continuing to monitor the issue of rising case numbers and transmission rates associated with COVID 19 and its variant viruses. The rate of community transmission in Liberty County has grown from 39 on July 8, 2021, to 142 as of July 22, 2021. Due to this sharp upward trend and the dangerous Delta variant,  the County has been forced to return to previously imposed guidelines for County buildings effective July 26, 2021. These include:

Mandatory masking for all facilities

Mandatory screening of all patrons

Distancing requirements for employees and groups

Use of digital communication media where possible for meetings

Temporary closure of indoor recreation venues and spaces.”

According to the Coastal Health District, Liberty County’s seven-day rolling average of cases has raised to around 10 along with its community transmission index sitting raising to a high of 181. The community transmission index considers new infections in the past two weeks per 100,000 residents.

Image provided by the Coastal Health District.

Two weeks ago, the county was reporting 1 case per day. Now it’s reporting 10 per day. The city’s health officials said recent infections might stem from gatherings on the July 4th weekend.

However, there are still upcoming community events and the city said recommends event organizers to provide face masks, social distance and provide hand washing or hand sanitization stations. Assembly permits will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, the city said.

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