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Temperature checks required, mask order possible at Houston County buildings

Chairman Mark Culver concerned about rising COVID numbers and expresses concern about public health.
Published: Jul. 26, 2021 at 7:08 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -Visitors to Houston County owned and operated buildings will have their temperatures taken, possibly denying them entrance, as the number of COVID cases spirals upward.

“(The increase) is, frankly, a concern for us and it has affected some of our employees,” Chairman Mark Culver told News 4 on Monday.

He will not rule out another mask requirement if COVID cases continue to to increase. However, he does not predict health guidelines will be as stringent as they were at the height of the pandemic.

“I don’t think (another) shutdown (of county buildings) is something we will look at,” Culver said.

He recommends vaccinations for eligible recipients but opposes making vaccines mandatory.

The rolling 7-day average of COVID cases, since mid-June, has increased from less than 200 to about 1500, with 900 people hospitalized in Alabama. The delta variant is blamed for much of that increase.

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