JOHNSON COUNTY, Iowa (KWWL) -- The Johnson County Board of Supervisors and Emergency Management Commission has extended the county's Declaration of Public Health Disaster Emergency through Friday, Nov. 6.
Governor Kim Reynold's most recent declaration is set to expire on Sunday, Oct. 18. If the governor extends the order past Nov. 6, the county's declaration will continue.
The declaration also extends the face covering/mask mandate for the county, which was approved by the Board of Supervisors on Aug. 6. The order requires everyone in Johnson County to wear a face covering/mask when in public spaces and it's not possible to keep six feet away from others. It applies to all areas in Johnson County unless a city previously issued a mask order, such as Iowa City. Earlier in September, Iowa City also extended its mask mandate to Nov. 13.
The county says that as COVID-19 is still a risk in Johnson County and the economic impact is still significant, the continuation of the local declaration is necessary in order to enable the deployment of emergency funds and resources.
Here is the full Johnson County declaration: