CDC report: COVID-19 cases dropped in Kansas counties with mask orders, rose in others

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As Kansas counties decide how to respond to Gov. Laura Kelly’s new statewide mask order, a new study shows counties that adopted the governor’s first mandate this summer experienced a drop in COVID-19 cases.Among counties with an order, the seven-day rolling average of new cases dropped on average 6% in the month and a half following the mandate. Meanwhile, cases in counties without a mask requirement saw on average a 100% increase.The analysis — conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment — was published Fr…

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