Joplin, Missouri City Council re-imposes mask mandate as cases rise

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Joplin is giving a mask mandate another shot as cases rise and its hospitals fill up.

The city council voted 6-3 to revive the idea Thursday night at the request of local hospital leaders who said caseloads are pushing them closer and closer to their breaking points. The rule will be in effect through Feb. 28.

A previous mandate imposed in July helped hold cases to a manageable level, but the council let it expire on Aug. 17. Since then, the rolling seven-day average of new cases reported in Joplin has more than quadrupled. The counties it straddles, Jasper and Newton, have seen similarly troubling increases in their caseloads.

Joplin, Missouri City Council re-imposes mask mandate as cases rise

Hospital officials said deaths are also accelerating.

Earlier this week, the number of deaths in Joplin and the two surrounding counties passed 161, the number killed in the May 2011 tornado.

The council also heard from dissenters who prayed the council would change their decision, urged them to seek for answers to the crisis in faith and threatened to recall members for voting in favor of the mandate.

At least two were required to leave following outbursts.

With the decision, Joplin joined a number of other cities with local mandates, including Springfield, Kansas City, St. Louis, Columbia and Cape Girardeau. Smaller southwest Missouri towns, including Branson, Ozark and Nixa, have also enacted mask rules.

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