This Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that new cases of COVID-19 decreased 6 percent in Kansas counties with a mask order, and increased 100 percent in counties without one. The findings are based on analysis of cases before and after the July 3 effective date of the original mask order issued by Gov. Kelly. The report was produced collaboratively by the CDC, KDHE and KHI.
- Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR): Trends in County-level COVID-19 Incidence in Counties with and without a Mask Mandate—Kansas, June 1–August 23, 2020
The original report on county- and city-level adoption or rejection of the Governor’s mask order was compiled by KHI and published over the summer in blog posts on A Kansas Twist. These data were used by the CDC, KDHE and KHI in producing the MMWR report.
Note: With Thanksgiving around the corner and COVID-19 now spiking in the state, a new executive order related to mask-wearing will take effect at 12:01 AM on Wednesday, November 25. Check back to see which counties have adopted or opted out of the Governor’s new order. We want to remind all Kansans that mask-wearing, social distancing, thorough handwashing, and staying at home when sick are good practices for reducing the spread of COVID-19.