TCHD Health Officer "deeply concerned" with schools who lack mask mandate

Recent changes to Indiana state law, however, would require County Commissioners to approve a mask mandate.

Posted: Aug 11, 2021 2:53 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The Tippecanoe County Health Department Health Officer, Jermey Adler, expressed Wednesday that he is deeply concerned with local school corporations' decision to not adopt a universal mask mandate. 

According to a released statement, Adler stated the TCHD has worked to implement a mask mandate. Due to recent changes in the Indiana state law (Senate Enrolled Act 5), a mandate requires approval of the Court of County Commissioners. Adler stated that at this time, County Commissioners have not indicated their support for a mask mandate.

WLFI has reached out to County Commissioners for a response.

The CDC, Indiana Department of Health, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the local health department have recommended a universal mask policy to combat the growing cases of COVID-19, specifically the highly contagious Delta variant. The CDC COVID tracker flags Tippecanoe County as an area with high transmission.

321 new cases have been reported in the last 7 days. Numbers released Wednesday, Tippecanoe County saw an increase of 48 according to the Indiana COVID page.

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