DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Montgomery County is implementing mandatory masks in county buildings and a vaccine incentive program for county employees as cases surge across Ohio.
The Board of County Commissioners approved mandatory masks inside all county facilities for employees and the public effective Monday, Aug. 9.
The county also plans to implement a vaccine incentive program, offering $100 for employees and $25 for spouses. County officials will begin accepting documentation for this starting Tuesday, Aug. 17.
Signs will be posted throughout Montgomery County facilities alerting visitors of the new masking requirements. The county will also provide masks to those who do not have one, along with increasing the supply of hand sanitizer in county buildings.
“My top priority is the health and safety of our employees, our customers, and our community as a whole,” said Keith. “Due to an increase in infections from the delta variant, I decided that the time has come to reimplement a mask requirement for our staff.”
Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith has also implemented mandatory masks for his employees. However, his office will begin wearing masks starting Wednesday.
This comes as the Ohio Department of Health is tracking a steady increase in cases across the state. Montgomery County has now shifted from having a “substantial” level of community transmission to “high,” which is the highest designation given by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
This rise in cases has largely been attributed to the Delta variant, which has been compared to chickenpox. This variant of the virus has been observed infecting people vaccinated against COVID-19, something doctors are calling a “breakthrough” case.
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