A rise in COVID-19 cases causes Story County to require face coverings once again for visitors entering county buildings.

Effective Wednesday, all visitors over the age of 2 in Story County buildings, regardless of vaccination status, need to wear a face covering unless the individual has a disability that prevents them from wearing a mask.

According to a press release from the Story County Board of Supervisors, COVID-19 cases are rising in Story County as a result of the delta variant, which is more contagious than previous variants. 

The most recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that it is advised for everyone to wear masks indoors in public areas if they are in a substantial or high transmission rate area. 

It is emphasized in the release that the majority of Iowa counties, including Story County, are recognized as high transmission areas.

Story County buildings are still remaining open to walk-in traffic, and disposable face masks are available to the public in all county buildings. Residents and businesses may also conduct county business online, by phone, by email, by mail and by drop boxes located outside county buildings.

The COVID-19 vaccine remains the most effective way to protect yourself and others from becoming infected with the virus. For more COVID-19 information along with help finding a vaccine provider, click here.

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