Flagstaff council objects to Ducey order on mask mandates

March 27, 2021 GMT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Flagstaff City Council is casting a critical eye on Gov. Doug Ducey’s executive order barring local governments from enforcing mask-wearing mandates to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

The council on Friday issued a statement sayin it it doesn’t plan to rescind the city’s proclamation requiring mask-wearing but won’t enforce it while studying Ducey’s order Thursday that also lifted the state’s own remaining COVID-19 restrictions on businesses and events.

COVID-19 continues to spread and Ducey’s order ”is not in the best interest of public health and further erodes home role,” the Flagstaff council’s statement said.

Arizona on Saturday reported 776 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases and 14 more deaths, increasing the state’s totals to 839,334 cases and 16,912 deaths, according to the state’s coronavirus dashboard.

COVID-19-related hospitalizations dropped to 581 as of Friday, down from 626 as of Thursday.

The number of infections is thought to be far higher than reported because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.