Jan 11, 2022

New mask mandate planned in Omaha to slow spread of COVID-19

Posted Jan 11, 2022 5:50 PM

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Health officials are imposing a new mask mandate in Omaha to slow the spread of COVID-19 as surging virus cases continue to strain hospital capacity but the plan is drawing strong opposition.

Douglas County Health Director Lindsay Huse said Tuesday she decided to impose the mandate over the objections of Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert and Gov. Pete Ricketts to help give hospitals the “breathing room they need.”

The state said the number of people hospitalized with the virus continues to grow this week and hit 635 on Monday.

Hospital officials have said they worry that number will soar in the next couple weeks because of the rapid spread of the highly contagious omicron variant of the virus.