Missoula Health Department on Masks, Vaccinations and Mu Variant

Missoula City County Health Department COVID-19 Incident Commander Cindy Farr had stern words for residents in a video released on Friday, warning of rapidly rising COVID cases and hospitalizations.

Farr referenced a report by the Montana Nurses Association that slammed a recent emergency ruling by the Montana DPHHS and the governor’s office stating that mask and vaccination mandates should only be recommendations.

“The Montana Nurses Association announced that they have serious concerns with the scientific inaccuracy and legality of a rule recently put out by the governor’s office and DPHHS,” said Farr. “That rule stated that the science on masks is inconclusive and parents should be given an option to have their kids not wear masks in schools. The Missoula City County Health Department agrees with MNA’s assessment, that the evidence is overwhelming that wearing masks does help slow the spread of COVID 19.”

Farr doubled down on that view stating that the Centers for Disease Control issued a study stating that masks are effective against the transmission of COVID-19.

“In fact, this week, the CDC came out with yet another new study that shows that masks work,” she said. “The study conducted at St. Louis University found the widespread use of masks and

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