Dane Co. officials extend mask mandate into November

Dane County Mask Mandate extended

MADISON, Wis. — Public health officials in Dane County are extending their mask mandate for another month.

Public Health Madison & Dane County announced Monday they were issuing Face Covering Emergency Order #3 effective Friday, October 8 at 12:01 a.m. as an extension of the previous two mask mandates that have been in place as delta variant cases rise.

The latest order will be in effect until Friday, November 5 at 12:01 a.m.

Public health officials continue to say vaccination is the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but they are keeping the mask order in place as an additional layer of protection.

“Vaccination is our top intervention, and we’re seeing an impact from our high rates,” Public Health Madison & Dane County director Janel Heinrich said in a statement. “As we’ve done all along with our layered mitigation approach, we’ll keep masks as an extra layer of protection as we navigate our way to lower levels of CDC’s community transmission thresholds.”

Madison mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway said a large number of kids still not being eligible for the vaccine also factors into the decision.

“Children under 12 are still unable to get vaccinated, which means it is just as important now as it has ever been, to get vaccinated if you can, wear a mask when you should, and wash your hands often,” said City of Madison Mayor, Satya Rhodes-Conway. “It is our responsibility to do everything we can to protect our most vulnerable population until they are eligible to be vaccinated.”

The latest coronavirus data from the county shows a total of 78 people currently hospitalized in Dane County and one additional death since the last update on Friday. The county also recorded 219 new cases since Friday.

A total of 73.7% of Dane County residents have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine.