The county will update its policy to include a mask requirement for employees.
“They are the people who keep the water flowing, respond to emergencies, ensure our roads are safe and provide other services essential to our community,” County Administrator Glenn Stephens said in the news release. “Chairwoman Hendrickson’s local emergency order and the County policy update to require masks provide our workforce with another layer of protection as they serve our residents, businesses and visitors.”
The emergency order expires Jan. 26, at which time Hendrickson could re-evaluate based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Georgia Department of Public Health.
Almost 17,000 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Gwinnett County in the two weeks ending Wednesday, according to the state health department. Almost 39% of PCR tests administered in that time period came out positive, according to the state.