TO MASK OR NOT TO MASK:

Roughly half of the Mohave High School faculty and staff — and some students — don masks during the high school’s graduation ceremony at Anderson Auto Group Fieldhouse. Chairs were set up to accommodate social distancing. Wearing a mask in public has become a point of contention for many people with some saying they serve no purpose and others claiming the benefits far outweigh any inconvenience.

BULLHEAD CITY — Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday gave city and county governments the authority to decide whether to require residents to wear face masks in public places during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Thursday, Bullhead City Mayor Tom Brady said the city will “strongly advise” wearing a face covering but won’t make it mandatory for the public, although the city did seem to be asking local businesses and stores to do just that.

“Gov. Ducey has left it up to the cities and counties to decide whether wearing face masks is required in our communities,” Brady said in a news release issued late Thursday afternoon after the city had been silent on the issue. “In agreement with our neighboring cities and the county, we are not making it mandatory to wear a mask in public. However, we strongly advise wearing a face covering if you are unable to physically distance yourself from others.

“After discussions with county health and hospital officials, we are not in a ‘crisis level’ of emergency to mandate anything at this time.”

Mohave County reported 15 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday with eight in the Bullhead City area, which has seen a dramatic increase in cases this month. On June 1, the city service area — which includes Bullhead City, Fort Mohave, Mohave Valley, Topock/Golden Shores and Fort Mojave Indian Tribe land — had registered 89 confirmed cases and five deaths attributed to the disease caused by the infection of the novel coronavirus. As of Thursday, the service area’s case total stood at 270 confirmed cases and 18 deaths.

The county’s numbers through Thursday are at 690 confirmed cases and 70 deaths; the numbers were at 397 and 44 respectively at the end of May, according to previously released statistics from the Mohave County Department of Public Health.

The news release issued by the city, through Emily Fromelt, public information officer of the Bullhead City Police Department, said that in response to Ducey’s announcement on Wednesday, “the City of Bullhead City is strongly encouraging its residents and visitors to wear a face covering or mask to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Due to the current surge in the area, we also encourage businesses and retail stores to require face coverings or mask to enter their establishments.”

The release also said the city will “continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in our area and we encourage everyone to stay vigilant and continue to follow (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines. One of those recommendations is to wear a mask or face covering in public settings.

Those guidelines recommend:

Frequent hand-washing with soap and water; if soap and water aren’t readily available, use hand sanitizer.

Avoid close contact. Physically distance yourself at least six feet from others.

Cover your mouth and nose with a face covering or mask when around others.

Cover coughs and sneezes.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

Monitor your own heath and stay home when sick.

The city urged businesses to review their own safety plans.

“For businesses that adhere to the City of Bullhead City’s recommendation to require face coverings/masks to enter local establishments, compliance will be left up to the business,” the news release stated.

The eight new cases in Bullhead City announced by the county health department included four under investigation for the source of infection of two people age 40-49, one 50-59 and one 70-79.

The other four cases including one person 70-79 who is hospitalized and three people — on under the age of 10, one between the ages of 20 and 29 and one in the 50-59 age group — linked to previously confirmed cases and recovering at home.

Three new cases were reported in Kingman, including the hospitalization of a patient in the 70-79 age group. The other two are patients 30-39 and 70-79. All three cases are under investigation.

There have been 272 cases in Kingman, including 41 deaths.

Four new cases in Lake Havasu City are under investigation. They are all under the age of 40 — three 30-39 and one 20-29.

(20) comments

dennis scholl

Once again our fine mayor in showing his lack of leadership. Instead of requiring mask of the citizens he pushes the responsibility onto the business owners. Mayors of many cities and towns in Az had the fortitude to try and slow the spread of the virus. With so many vulnerable citizens living in our community you would think your first priority would be to slow the virus by manmandating mask here also

Rabicate

Being indecisive and not mandating wearing masks will cost many lives as covid cases and health costs continue to skyrocket. Revisit this decision when we become the virus epicenter of the country, please.

CBRC

Again, leaders are passing the buck instead of putting health of people FIRST, as always be a politician first that job is worth losing lives!! It is not to much to mandate wearing of mask!!! It’s easier to give the responsibility to the merchants than to do your job because you don’t want to deal with complaints. Our area is mainly Senior’s who live here & support the area, but you don’t care what’s a few hundred dead Seniors to you!! So what if our workers in our stores get the virus because some people are selfish & only think of themselves & your letting them get away with it!! So what if Safeway, Smiths & Wal-Mart has to close because you don’t want to deal with the issue. Fourth of July coming, other people from high virus states are coming & a no mask mandate!!! The rise of cases WILL go up. But it’s not your responsibility as leaders to prevent it!!!!

plukasiak

The purpose of wearing a mask is to avoid reaching a "crisis level". Its glaringly obvious that Covid-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths are all on the rise in BHC, and action needs to be taken, because "crisis level" doesn't mean just masks, it means another lock down.

Acleanerplanet

The Mayor is a sick minded representative!

Try working in a store for 8 hours a day wearing a mask the whole time. You are heartless towards the people in this city who have been essential employees the whole time this had gone on. Don't ever come into my store Mr.Mayor.if you do, you Better have a mask on or I have the rite to refuse service to you, and I will!!!

Vwarner

Not at crisis level? Isn't it the point to mitigate before a crisis? Be an advocate for the health and safety of your community.

thepurpleempath

So glad I moved here !! Thank you , Mayor .

CBRC

Your the reason the virus is going up, don’t want to wear mask stay home until virus is over!!!

BullheadTopDog

No mandates. No masks. No totalitarianism. Leave it to the individual and business.

CBRC

Again stay home until virus is over, common sense to prevent spread is mask. What happened to “We Are All In This Together”?

mrmiata54

My thoughts on wearing mask is that I don't like to wear them but I do because I'm not selfish and care about the spread of this virus that is taking to many lives.

Since the re-opening of the economy about 3 weeks ago Bullhead City has seen covid-19 cases soar past Lake Havasu and now has passed Kingman, open your eyes Mayor Brady and do something about it,.

Last count is over 250 confirm cases and 18 deaths in BHC

The reason for the increase is because outside traffic coming here to play period.

Mayor Brady if you have a backbone you would mandate the use of wearing mask in public places to protect the residence and essential workers of Bullhead City.

LIVES over DOLLARS

tap49

There is a proper way to remove and dispose of rubber gloves if in a medical environment. No one has explained how to do that with a mask! Which means you haven't solved the problem ,by wearing the mask again and again and not cleaning or throwing it away which we know' everyone is not doing, then are we spreading Covid even more ?

Desert Bat

If you think your mask is so effective, what do you care if others don't wear a mask?

Derek

Thank you, Mayer Brady for supporting the views of the unspoken minority. This is in line with the Constitutional Republic that this nation was founded upon.

First mate smee

I see the Mohave daily news took out my comment about an AC/DC song and the lack there of on the mayors part on masks. Oh well its time to move on anyway.

bhcactive

It's nice and convenient to blame the increases on out of town visitors. But step into any grocery store from Monday -Thursday and you only see half of the locals wearing masks.

Areukidding

Dicey is pulling a Trump move telling the state do what you want just don't blame me. No Republicans should be re-elected Trump is killing the country and the rest is on State reps who follow him.

Desert Bat

The virus can get on your hair and clothing, the best masks are proven worthless to prevent contracting the virus and actually are dangerous (explained this comment in a prior post at this site). You can't escape other lethal threats such as genetically modified foods and what is in the air you breathe (another longer explanation required), and you can't escape the coronavirus handed to you by some very imaginative powers-that-be.

Bhcsun

The mayor of this town should resign. He is saying we are not at the point yet as a town to require face masks. Mr. Mayor take a look at the fact that California has the second amount of highest covid cases in the U.S and then take a look at every other car and truck with a boat are here from California. What do you think is going to happen Mr.Mayor? Are you that stupid? We have two small hospitals in the area. That do not have many ICU beds. You should be protecting the citizens of this town all the elderly and people with high risk to get very ill or possibly die. You will wait until it is too late. That is so ignorant. Do your job Mr.Mayor and if you cannot protect our town then step down.

Johnny bug

OSHA HAS DETERMINED THAT MASKS DO NOT MAKE YOU SAFER. Just say no to big government trying to control you with lies and fake news - good deal for Mayor Brady, it’s up to us individuals to make a determination as to whether or not we want to don masks.

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