The La Vista City Council has extended the City’s emergency mask ordinance until May 25.
The ordinance was initially approved in November in response to increased community transmission and confirmed cases of COVID-19.
At this time, COVID-19 remains a serious threat to the health, safety and welfare of the residents of La Vista and the Omaha metro area.
According to a letter to support from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, preventative measures implemented at the end of 2020, such as La Vista’s mask ordinance, have had a positive impact on the number of positive cases as well as hospitalizations.
“That being said, the current disease levels remain concerning and have the same potential for explosive growth in cases, hospitalizations and deaths if community prevention measures are relaxed,” says the letter, which was signed by officials from the Global Center for Health Security. “Communities must continue to take action to suppress transmission to prevent excess deaths and hospitalizations that have stressed our hospitals to their breaking point for over four months.”
Continued wearing of face coverings will also help contain the spread of COVID-19 variants found recently in the UK, South Africa and Brazil.
The letter from UNMC goes on to say, “The public health and infectious disease experts in the Global Center for Health Security at the University of Nebraska Medical Center agree that mandatory, universal facemask use is an effective tool for reducing community transmission of COVID-19 especially when faced with threat of more infectious coronavirus variants taking hold in our communities.”
La Vista’s mask ordinance will remain in effect until May 25, unless otherwise cancelled or extended.
Full details about the ordinance and its enforcement can be found on our mask ordinance page.