Mask mandate. It’s been a week since the Shelby County Health Department’s countywide mask mandate went into effect. The directive orders everyone over the age of 12 to wear a facial covering over their nose and mouth, with exceptions.
It will be interesting to see if the mask mandate has any measurable impact on the rate of spread.
Anyone looking for good news this week will be hard-pressed to find it in the local, state and national data. All of the trends below are negative.
However, you may find some solace in reports about antibody testing saying the virus has already spread far more widely than is known. Thus, the actual hospitalization and fatality rates are much lower.
Second, those concerned about schools starting up this fall may also take comfort from the following presentation of local data showing cases and fatalities by age. It reinforces the suggestion that young people are not in the cross-hairs of this virus.