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Paducah To Require Masks In City Buildings

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Paducah Mayor George Bray at Tuesday's city commission meeting.

The city of Paducah will require all individuals to wear masks in city buildings including city hall due to a rise in local COVID-19 cases.

Mayor George Bray in a city commission meeting on Tuesday said masks will be required for everyone in part because it would be hard to police mask wearing based on COVID-19 vaccination status.

He also said the number of daily COVID-19 cases reported has also substantially increased, with those testing positive among younger people.

“It has swelled in recent weeks to where we’re getting 25, 30 new [cases] every day or more,” Bray said. “I hope that we don’t have to do this long.”

McCracken County Judge-Executive Craig Clymer this week also mandated unvaccinated individuals to wear masks inside county government buildings.

The rate of COVID-19 transmission in McCracken County is classified by the state as “high,” the most severe classification of community spread. Almost all counties in Kentucky have that classification as the Delta variant of COVID-19 spreads in the state.

A review by WKMS News of official websites and social media pages shows no other county or city government in the Purchase region of Kentucky has issued a mask mandate inside government buildings as of Wednesday morning.

"Liam Niemeyer is a reporter for the Ohio Valley Resource covering agriculture and infrastructure in Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia and also serves Assistant News Director at WKMS. He has reported for public radio stations across the country from Appalachia to Alaska, most recently as a reporter for WOUB Public Media in Athens, Ohio. He is a recent alumnus of Ohio University and enjoys playing tenor saxophone in various jazz groups."
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