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Douglas County urges nearly all residents to wear masks again

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Public health officials in one of Kansas’ most populous counties are urging nearly every resident to wear a mask in schools and other indoor public spaces because of the faster-spreading COVID-19 delta variant.

The Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health Department recommends that anyone aged 2 or older wear masks.

It updated its guidance Tuesday even though the county has among the highest vaccination rates and the lowest total number of COVID-19 cases per capita among the state’s 105 counties.  

Kansas has seen a rise in new COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, and Douglas County also has seen a jump in new cases.

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