Omaha City Council Members Divided Over Mask Mandate

It took just hours for some elected officials to oppose the city of Omaha’s mask mandate, which takes effect at midnight on Wednesday. When health director Dr. Lindsay Huse announced the move, three city councilors – Aimee Melton, Brinker Harding and Don Rowe – issued the following statement: “We strongly disagree with Douglas County Health Director Huse’s dictate that the City of Omaha impose a mask mandate. For two years we have seen time and again that mask mandates are not an effective method of fighting the coronavirus.We are also vehemently opposed to an unelected and inexplicable bureaucrat who imposes their will on the city without reaching out to those whom the citizens of Omaha are entrusted to represent them.” We are ready and willing to have a conversation with Dr. Huse about her concerns, but so far she hasn’t contacted any of us about her plans. Personal accountability and accountability are key to getting through this pandemic. We encourage people who have not been vaccinated to consider doing so, if you qualify you will be given a booster. If you are sick, get tested and follow the CDC recommendations. Above all, be smart and responsible.” The health director says the focus of the four-week indoor mask mandate is on helping struggling hospitals. Dr. Huse says she expects a 40 percent increase in COVID-19 cases, as hospitals waver between 80 and up to 90 percent capacity.”We need to find ways to build capacity and give breathing space to our healthcare providers so they can care for everyone in Omaha when they need it,” said Dr. Huse. Pete Festersen supports the decision. “We understand her concern about the rising cases and the increase in the number of cases and we believe that a temporary measure is needed to keep our schools, our first responders and our hospitals functioning properly,” Festersen said. Dr Mark Rupp says a mandate is better late than never, he says waiting for the wave of ommicron cases to stop is the wrong decision. ng is.” We’re doing what we can over the next few weeks to keep our schools open to keep our businesses open and our hospitals up and running,” said Dr. rup. Nearly a quarter of hospitals report critical staff shortages as ommicron cases cause infections.Dr. Mark Rupp says a temporary mask mandate is the best solution for the coming weeks.

It took just hours for some elected officials to oppose the city of Omaha’s mask mandate, which takes effect at midnight on Wednesday.

When health director Dr. Lindsay Huse announced the move, three councilors – Aimee Melton, Brinker Harding and Don Rowe – released the following statement:

“We strongly disagree with Douglas County Health Director Huse’s dictate that the City of Omaha impose a mask mandate. Over the past two years, we have seen time and again that mask mandates are not an effective method of combating the coronavirus.

We also strongly oppose an unelected and inexplicable bureaucrat who imposes their will on the city without contacting those entrusted by the citizens of Omaha to represent them. , but so far she hasn’t reached out to any of us about her plans.

Personal accountability and accountability are key to getting through this pandemic. We encourage people who have not been vaccinated to consider doing so, if you qualify you will be given a booster. If you are sick, get tested and follow the CDC recommendations. Above all, be smart and responsible.”

The health director says the focus of the four-week indoor mask mandate is on helping ailing hospitals. dr. Huse says she predicts a 40 percent increase in COVID-19 cases as hospitals teeter between 80 to 90 percent capacity.

“We need to find ways to build capacity and give breathing space to our caregivers so they can care for everyone in Omaha when they need it,” said Dr. house.

Municipal president Pete Festersen supports the decision.

“We understand her concerns about the increasing cases and the increase in the number of cases and we believe that a temporary measure is needed to keep our schools and our first responders and our hospitals functioning properly,” Festersen said.

dr. Mark Rupp, Nebraska Medicine’s chief of infectious diseases, says a mandate is better late than never. He says waiting for the wave of ommicron cases to stop is the wrong decision.

“[We need to] We’re doing what we can in the coming weeks to keep our schools open and our businesses open to keep our hospitals running,” said Dr. rup.

As more members of the Omaha Police Department became infected, five unvaccinated employees recently ended up in hospital.

Nearly a quarter of hospitals report critical staff shortages as ommicron cases cause infections.

dr. Mark Rupp says a temporary mask mandate is the best solution for the coming weeks.

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