Lake Havasu City will require face masks in public starting Friday, according to Mayor Cal Sheehy.

The order goes into effect on Friday and lasts until July 27.  

Havasu's mandate follows similar proclamations made this week by the cities of Bullhead City and Kingman.

Sheehy cited the region's sharp increase in coronavirus cases as well as the large crowds expected in Havasu for the holiday weekend.

"Within Mohave County and Lake Havasu City, we are experiencing a growing community spread that increases risk to the well-being of citizens and poses potential strains on the healthcare facilities and workers in our community," he said in a news release.

Everyone over 6 years old is required to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth at any business that serves the public within city limits, according to his proclamation. Face masks are not required at businesses that don't interact with the public as long as social distancing guidelines are followed. Exceptions are also being made for religious ceremonies, at designated seating areas in restaurant,s and outdoor exercise activities. 

Sheehy asks that residents avoid calling 911 to report noncompliance with the mask order. 

Sheehy had faced increased pressure to issue the proclamation, including from some of his counterparts on the City Council. Councilwoman Michele Lin said she had been in contact with Sheehy about mask requirements and was frustrated that an order wasn't issued earlier.

“I am, personally one councilmember who believes that it absolutely should be mandatory," she said on Wednesday afternoon, prior to Sheehy's order.  "I think that everybody should be wearing them. With the amount of people coming into down we are going to double our population. So to protect our own citizens we need to do the right thing and everybody should be mandated to wear them.”

As recently as Tuesday, Sheehy had said he preferred prioritizing community education over any kind of mandates. "The situation is very fluid," he said on Tuesday. "It has been my stance from the beginning that people are strongly encouraged to physically distance themselves, or to wear masks if they can't physically distance." 

On Wednesday, Sheehy said the order was needed in response to the influx of visitors and rise in cases.  “The health and safety of our residents is my primary concern," he said in the news release. " I thank all of our residents who responded to our educational efforts over the last few weeks.  This action is needed now in response to the influx of visitors and the rise in cases.”

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only in havasu

Not surprising- the channel is packed with hundreds who have not one care in the World. People all over the City not following directions. Grocery stores have given up- saying there’s no point to even bother asking.

IcePick

DR Carlin explaining germs everything will be ok.

https://youtu.be/l_L6AS1Huno

BigBob

A mask is not a political statement, it is an IQ test.

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BigBob

"worthless Californians?" Really?

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Snakes6951

Whats the stores name? Would like to expose the manager for non compliance.

Yup

Wow listen to all these keyboard Dr`s ,now it all`s ,negative comments ,loser`s,just sit back and laugh!

Snakes6951

You are one of those "keyboard junkies". I guess that makes you a loser as well.

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WhyNot?

BigBob - Arizona seems to have a lot of those "mistakes". Paul Gosar, Andy Biggs, Debbie Lesko, ChemTrails Kelly Ward, Martha McSally. Is it something in the air?

NitaCat

Actually the masks to nothing. If you can breathe in and out then they are ineffective. Our fear of this so called virus has enlarged it's reality and spread it everywhere. This hyper flu was manipulated and spread to hit the vulnerable or those with a certain genetic code and nothing is going to keep it from them. But most of us will be fine. The shattering of our nation, the decimation of schools, social gatherings, any joy we might experience in touching or being together has been destroyed right before our eyes. Continually wearing a mask of any kind in the heat will make people physically and mentally ill. I know of many who tested positive for this that tested again negative. None of the tests are accurate and it makes me wonder how man of the deaths are as well. Think what you want, but I would rather be dead than live in a world filled with fear. If you think wearing a simple mask is going to end this you are living a delusion. This is just the beginning. If we continue to live in fear and follow "their" rules (a higher up group of people who are running the show), we will lose our democracy and our individual freedom. Donald Trump was just a distraction. What is happening now is much more serious and dangerous. Stay tuned.

Davel2

NitaCat... There is no conspiracy. It's not about fear or freedom. It's about common-sense, consideration, and empathy. You really need to chill on whatever it is you're watching and reading. Nobody thinks a mask alone is going to end this, but it will help

make it more manageable and curb the spread. Sorry, but the delusion is yours.

WhyNot?

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BigBob

Dave - you nailed it. [thumbup][thumbup][thumbup]

simon1dog

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BigBob

So glad we have NitaCat as our local medical professional filling us in on...everything. It seems as if those Trump University Degrees do have some value.

Snakes6951

Not a Trump degree, these people are more like kathleen warren degree.

BigBob

Who is "kathleen warren (sic)"

Snakes6951

Really?? She was a candidate for the prsidency. You know, the Senator that got a free education for being a native american. Oops!!! Then took DNA test and determined she had no american indian DNA.

BigBob

“Snakes6951 Jul 3, 2020 11:20am - Really?? She was a candidate for the prsidency. You know, the Senator that got a free education for being a native american. Oops!!! Then took DNA test and determined she had no american indian DNA.”

Hmm, in doing some rather deep info diving I cannot find anyone who was a candidate for the “prsidency (sic)” named “kathleen warren.(sic)” Also no one named “kathleen warren (sic)” is on record as having received a free education based on being an “native American (sic)” Also I could not find any evidence of a “kathleen warren (sic)” having taken a DNA test to establish herself as a “native american (sic)”. I can only suggest that you … oh never mind, your kind never takes advice.

eeyo

There are probably lots of "Kathleen Warren's", however none were ever a Senator. Elizabeth Warren is a Senator that fits your description.

Snakes6951

Come on, really??? If people listen to this diatribe and do what this person suggests more people will become infected and possibly die!!!

Snakes6951

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WhyNot?

Naw, I think he's more of a mongoose because he ate you snake on your other posts! If you don't understand what I mean, just ask kathleen... HaHaHa!

BigBob

No, I'm just a really old guy who finds the ignorance of the typical C/F to be laughable.

simon1dog

When someone rushes to the ER finding they have Covid 19, and they're asked, "We're you wearing a mask?" If they reply back, "No, my friend told they don't work." The admitting clerk should then reply. "I'm sorry, you'll have to go to the back of the line. We're treating those people that you and you're non-mask wearing friends contaminated first!"

Davel2

[thumbup] simondog I can tell you have a sense of humor. Check out the Holderness Family on YouTube. Great stuff especially if like music. We can all use a laugh right about now. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfvjITE74QI

WhyNot?

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Escapee

I'm going to catch poo for this because Havasu is churches, bars, and gun shops.

There a parallels between the mask debate and the gun control debate, and it all boils down to who defines 'freedom.' "Not wearing a mask goes against my freedom." "Carrying a gun is my freedom."

Let's not get into the gun debate. But where does someone's freedom end and another's freedom begin? I also hear this same type of thing about the national healthcare debate.

Where does your freedom of not wearing a mask end, and where does my freedom of staying healthy start? Where does your freedom of carrying a firearm start and the freedom of me not wanting to get shot start? Or my kids getting shot in school? These are just examples.

I mean, if the mask thing is about freedom of speech, I could roll down your street with my music blasting, and I could call it an expression of views and my freedom of speech.

Maybe the gun vs. mask thing was a stretch, but there is a specific segment of our country that believes their freedom trumps (no, not that trump) mine (or anyone else's). And just as we have a military in war, isn't it the government's job to defend us against a pandemic?

Let's have a discussion.

You're up next.

Davel2

That's a fair question Escapee. Sadly one that shouldn't have to be asked, but given

the local narrative, warrants asking. I think it can be answered simply. You have the freedom to own and carry a gun, you don't have the freedom to shoot someone at random with it. Similarly, you are free to purchase a car with a speedometer that goes up to 160 mph, you don't have the freedom to drive it at that speed. The same is applicable to the mask, you have the freedom to die from Covid-19, you don't have the freedom to take someone else with you because of negligence. To sum it up, I would say a person's freedom ends where another person safety and well-being begins. It wasn't a stretch asking about the guns versus masks, as it is indicative of a way of thinking. In other words, It seems guns, super powered Hemi pick-up

trucks that can go 140 mph, and making the wearing of a mask a "Freedom" issue go hand in hand to a particular mind-set. Thank you for the question. Those are the type of conversations I enjoy having.

simon1dog

That Hemi is slow if it only goes 140 :-)

“Your”welcome

If you’re “hemi” goes 140! Stay in you’re lane! If it doesn’t!! Please know the consequences!

Escapee

Hello Devel2 (and everyone else),

Going back to the gun and mask example - do you think that if a person who has Covid infects another, that person should be charged legally? If I have a gun and shoot someone, I'm going to get a visit from the PD. Should it be the same for non-masked covid patients?

I enjoy having these conversations, also.

guest86

Guns have nothing to do with your freedom . I had 13 guns , sold them all but I still Have the same freedoms you do . You don’t have the right to smoke on an airplane because it infringes on my right to breath clean air . Wearing a mask is no different than wearing a seatbelt or not smoking inside. It’s just common sense. It’s for your safety as well as mine.

WhyNot?

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BigBob

Good comment, guest. [thumbup][thumbup][thumbup]

Escapee

Hi guest86,

I can see your point. I'm coming at it from the perspective of open-carry and displaying a gun as a political expression or an expression of superiority.

I don't want this to turn into a gun debate, but I do see your point.

eeyo

Excellent comments guest86. You're right is saying wearing a seatbelt and not smoking inside are examples of common sense. However it is a shame these examples were not widely followed until they became laws enforceable by fines. Not enough people use common sense.

Escapee

I can't wait until the insurance companies start contact tracing, asking about masks, and investigating how patients acquired COVID.

BigBob

Can't wait to here the whining when these fools are told they're not covered.

N2BlueGreenWater

Most insurances cover based on the drg and icd9 codes, and have contracts in place and pay a set amount. Not sure if they have one already to use for covid diagnosis. But also people think hospitals make a killing, that is untrue. They get paid a contracted amount and the rest is written off. Insurances catch a big break and they aren't paying out nearly what you think they are.

BigBob

Why this keeps getting deleted is a mystery, so here I go for the fourth time to post this while posing the question – Why is someone at the newspaper so terrified of this information?

Our impeached president makes statements about how the virus is going to “go away.” Here are just a few -

2/10 – “Looks like by April, you know in theory when it gets warmer, it miraculously goes away.”

2/27 – “It’s going to disappear, one day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.”

3/6 – “You have to be calm; it’ll go away.”

4/29 – “It’s gonna go away. This is going to go away.”

6/15 – “This stuff goes away. It’s going away.”

6/17 – “It’s fading away. It’s going to fade.”

6/18 – “And it’s dying out. The numbers are starting to look very good.”

7/1 – “It’s going to sort of just disappear – I hope.”

More than 130,000 Americans have died because of inability of this “man” to actually lead our nation. When will it end?

WhyNot?

BigBob - Well at least he's fighting for and protecting those dead confederate's statues and flags...

Davel2

It's the next day and I have calm down. I still don't understand why everything in this

country has to be up for debate. Why there are those who have to turn everything

into some sort of conspiracy. The leading doctors and scientist have told us what

we need to do to get ahead of Covid-19, yet there are those who are not qualified

posting their opinions. Now normally, I just ignore it, but in this case, people have turned their opinions into actions, actions that impact us all directly, clearly visible when we have to be out buying groceries or other trips that can't be avoided.

Their simply asking everyone to wear a mask, not asking us to launch ourselves into

space from our backyard. To them, I simply say its time to grow-up as circumstances don't allow us to wait. This is not about you, but about the almost 130,000 that have died in our county and their families. It's about the healthcare workers who are putting their lives at risk everyday treating people with Covid-19. It's about the common good. Now watch somebody claim the 130,000 that have died is exaggerated and some sort of conspiracy to get Trump out of office, or that my using "common good' makes me some sort of a communist, or that my punctuation is incorrect instead of absorbing the content of what I have written. We clearly need to hit the reset button on sanity and empathy in this country.

BigBob

Dave, good to see you back. Sorry to see all of your comments were deleted. I wonder what is going with that? We ave succinct and interesting comments that vanish while abusive and insulting attacks by the "usual suspects" remain forever. As you see below I am on my fourth attempt to post information about the impeached one and his stupid statements.

Objective Dialectic

Dave, everything you say is true. I am unsure why so many comments have been deleted on here, while other, more vicious comments are allowed to remain...

“Your”welcome

You’re looking at a glass half empty!

WhyNot?

Only thing I can think of is that the newspaper has a new employee or summer intern who is doing the monitoring on here now and they're just learning. I don't think it would be censorship coming from an organization that is so reliant on the principals of the 1st Amendment...

BigBob

Good point. However you are aware that the First Amendment does not apply to privately owned businesses.

WhyNot?

Yes, I am aware of that but I would expect an institution like a newspaper would understand those principals better than most and would lean towards individual expression with a limit of slander of course.

“Your”welcome

Why are you debating?

BigBob

Debating points is how one can share opinions and values. Why do you care?

WhyNot?

Davel2 - We all know the reason our country is in turmoil, tRUMP thrives in it and does nothing to bring our country together...

BigBob

Analysts working for Goldman-Sachs have made some interesting point regarding the wearing of mask as a means of controls the spread of COVID-19. Their overall conclusion is that a national mask mandate could slow the rate of infections while preventing a 5% GDP loss caused by more lockdowns. The researcher estimate that a national mask mandate would increase, by 15 points, the number of people wearing masks resulting in a cut to the daily growth of new cases by reducing it from 1% to .6%. Further the analysts determined reducing the spread of the virus through mask-wearing would be a common sense substitute for strict lockdowns that could cut 5% - or $1 trillion - off the U.S. GDP.

The researchers wrote, “If a face mask mandate meaningfully lowers coronavirus infections, it could be valuable not only from a public health perspective but also from an economic perspective because it could substitute for renewed lockdowns that would otherwise hit GDP.”

“Your”welcome

BB! Nice job! My trump mask is on and only time will tell!

Ripcord

To all those who disagree with wearing a mask to prevent spread I ask, what is your acceptable death count for our community? No B S just give me a number.

BigBob

Ten to one odds NO ONE is going to give you an answer!

“Your”welcome

“You’re”welcome!

N2BlueGreenWater

Ripcord. I've been masked up from the beginning. I am required by my work to wear one and get my temp taken every day before entering the building. If you call off sick you need a 14 day waiting period and M.D. clearance to return. We're in Health care so we wash our hands 24/7. I glove up, mask up, wash up, lather, rinse, repeat. No lives lost are acceptable to me when it is preventable. That's a number for you, a big "0" is my answer.

BigBob

Yep, I'm with you on "ZERO" being the only correct answer.

WhyNot?

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N2BlueGreenWater

I guess all those against a mask should ask the surgical staff and surgeon to skip the sterilization and surgical prep, instrument sterilization etc if they ever need surgery since they are against masks. Oh and if were ever Nuke bombed they can forgo the gas mask as well. Save it for someone who cares right?

Objective Dialectic

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Davel2

[thumbup]N2BlueGreenWater...Bravo! I do appreciate great sarcasm!

WhyNot?

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“Your”welcome

There is never an acceptable death count! You’re assuming that mask’s “Slows COVID-19 “ ! The world has spoken! It clearly does not! I will wear mine as will you to feel better! If you are protecting yourself with a mask why should what others do affect you? Ideologies am I right?

eeyo

You must have missed this memo: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-guidance.html

Objective Dialectic

"Your" Welcome, we have answered this question of yours multiple times...you must not read anything you don't write yourself.

BigBob

It would be interesting to know why all of Dave2l's posts have been censored? Guess he was hitting to close to home to ... uhh, someone.

Davel2

[thumbup][thumbup] Thank you BigBob, Objective Dialectic, HavasuGuy, for your understanding and support. You are all Rock Stars to me! While I always try to take the high-ground, it can extremely frustrating to read the comments and try and respond with good etiquette, especially when they are so delusional.

deaton

“Rock Stars”! Huh? Which rock star is rovR**? I’m guessing here, but maybe “Alice Cooper”? HavasuGuy [batman] might be “Axle Rose” and Proudindi could be “Mic Jagger” of the “Strolling Bones”, heck, they’re all about the same age. Could it be? [thumbup][tongue] Deaton

Objective Dialectic

BigBob, a few of mine were taken off as well. Mainly the ones in which I asked certain individuals to entertain us with their professional/scientific background to back up their claims, or to disprove any of the scientific information I offered up. Guess Havasunews doesn't like me calling out individuals specifically to provide data or accurate reason to back up their absurd claims.

BigBob

And of course there are my adoring fans who love me so much they have to talk about me day-after-day despite the fact I have not responded directly to them in months. Their incessant concern and love for me actually makes me blush at times.

deaton

Oh, rovR** XOXOXO Luv you, here a big “Smoooooch” just for you, big guy! [thumbup][thumbup][love] Deaton

deaton

You know Objective, I’ll bet it’s “Russian Collusion”? Your new best “Bud” BigBob AKA rovR** was just saying there are Russian operatives everywhere! I wonder why they would collude against the Twit, Davel2? He’s one of them! Very puzzling, don’t you think? [thumbup][whistling] Deaton

deaton

I think I’ve got it rovR**, it’s “russian operatives“, what do you think? You were just saying that they’re everywhere, but why pick on the Twit, he’s one of them? Luv you BigBob (blowing a kiss!) [thumbup][love] Deaton

WhyNot?

It's actually pretty simple folks.

The whole idea behind everyone wearing masks is to slow down the spreading of this virus. Masks are not going to completely stop this virus but they can limit the transmission between people. Slowing down the virus is supposed to give the medical professionals time to develop a vaccine. In the meantime masks can slow down how fast and how many get infected. Not everyone that gets infected will need to go to the hospital, but for those that do, slowing down the number of patients will help with medical supplies, number of doctor and nurses and available beds. It's not perfect but wearing masks is better than not wearing them. Here's some info to help explain it better;

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/06/200612172200.htm?fbclid=IwAR0c30M5jPLWbk_bK6Fqb483RNEaSmC4-QljxKlCPOA-phoS2EtBkNwwQrk

Teacey45

America the great , the proud ? OMG !!! On this 4th of July our founding fathers are rolling in their graves . The land they and so many others fought and died for , has turned into a joke . Forget brother supporting brother . These days if you dont believe in what I do ,if your skin isnt the same color , if you are wearing a mask or not , it gives me just cause to hate you and attack you . Im so scared for my grandchildren , who arent even a thought yet , to be exposed to this kind of world and society . Elected goverment officials who only care about the all mighty dollar and how many they can make . At the cost of those who elected them . And your average citizen just trying to out do the jones's . Covid 19 has become this centuries Hitler , and society as a whole is perpertrating the hate . GOD HELP US ALL [innocent]

NitaCat

Thank you. My thoughts exactly.

Yesman123

Can anyone tell me why home depot and Lowe's get to stay opento the public? Should only allow licensed contractors to enter. I have to get some materials there quite often and it is always packed with people. They close down other business with not near as much traffic. Just thinking out loud.

Objective Dialectic

Yesman123 It's just because the governor's orders to close businesses only targeted places such as bars, gyms, and movie theaters. I think these particular businesses were targeted because the recent influx in covid cases have been primarily in the younger generations (people in their 20's and 30's), and it is believed the younger crowd was simply not taking this seriously enough; the governor targeted businesses that attract younger folks.

N2BlueGreenWater

Because it isn't exclusive to entitled contractors that's why. A homeowner can buy items without the need for a contractor. They can also do repairs and projects Yes, without you. You are ridiculous. Besides Real contractors don't shop Lowe's or Home depot, they use a real supply source where they have an account and get quality materials. FYI married to general contractor 28 years, so I know my $hit.

Yesman123

Hahaha no you dont. Actually a lot of "real" contractors do and maybe you could give your husband this knowledge. If I go to home depot I can but a pallet of 14/2 nm cable made by southwire an American company. It is the same wire sold at the supply houses here. Home depot will shop the order and get you the best price available. They do this on a lot of material. If your husband did not know this after being in the business for 28 years let him know could save him thousands a year.

N2BlueGreenWater

He's been in business 45 years. Not 28. Lowes and Home Depot are geared towards the do it yourself type. So your still not entitled to shop the store exclusively.

WhyNot?

Contact tracing on existing infections showed a larger number of common infections at the businesses that were restricted in this last order. There is a database that holds all of the collected data and it is being used to make these decisions. High risk businesses were the first to be shutdown.

WhyNot?

If people don't get it together and they don't like the current list of businesses that are shutdown, they sure aren't going to like the next batch of businesses to be shutdown.

Snakes6951

Why don't you share the next batch of businesses to shut down. You seem to have an inside track.

guest85

Perhaps it is time for new councilmen . not allowing one business owner to dictate how another one operates it`s business. got to be a better way of handling this. Can`t afford anymore unemployment.

1502

Havasu people are not very smart. Just ask your dentist or doctor why the wear a mask. Havasu is one of the lowest educated city in the country and you can see it by comments about not wearing masks.

WhyNot?

1502 - Yes, every once and awhile they do like to show that education level off, don't they...

N2BlueGreenWater

4 out of 5 dentists reccomend wearing a mask. That damn 5th dentist is a real problem.

simon1dog

The voluntarily mask route failed. Yes, it's time to try the other.

N2BlueGreenWater

After all is said and done the masks will work great as sleep masks or possibly bikini tops (no DD's) maybe a thong bottom? Come on people, just mask up.

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Merc454

ICU runs at near capacity all year in all hospitals across the country, 130,000 from Huflu (seasonal influenza death rate almost zero) is a blown up figure and you know it. I'm in the high risk group and know that nothing short of a N95 and higher rated mask will protect you, cloth mask is a placebo just to make you feel "good and safe". You can hide in your rabbit hole, but don't forget you have the hoard of Snowbirds bringing their pestilence come October. Funny how you folks had no problem spreading the Flu and killing 18,000 to 50,000 Americans every year but now that it may effect you it's a hole different tune.

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Objective Dialectic

Davel2 [thumbup] It's unbelievable how people are making this a "freedom" argument. It's like saying "It's my personal freedom to drive drunk! Who cares? It's my life and I can do what I want." This is no different. Masks are there to protect THOSE AROUND YOU more than yourself. Just like drunk driving is not allowed because you can harm yourself, property, or OTHER PEOPLE. It's not that difficult to understand that this is not a personal liberty issue. It is an issue of public health and safety. I appreciate your blunt response on this issue Dave

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Objective Dialectic

Davel2[thumbup] straight to the point. Sometimes, the only option to get the message across is to be blunt. Some of what is censored on here surprises me, especially when I see other, more derogatory or hateful comments, still allowed to circulate.

dabeav3@gmail.com

Cal's edict for wearing masks is his way of acting like he cares since the neighboring cities are doing so but is totally unenforceable as we all know. Until he has the balls to shut down the beaches and lake nothing is going to change and the Californians are going to keep over running us locals. Does anyone know what it takes to impeach the mayor?

Lemonade

Yep, a recall.

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Jaybusy

I have personally witnessed the lack of cleanliness and personal hygiene in my line of work,not just with recent events either.If i had a dollar for every time someone called me to their home/business' when they were obviously displaying signs of being "sick",I'd easily have a down payment for a car.People generally are selfish and have no common courtesy.I've also witnessed many antima (antimask folks)who have contracted Covid 19.I CAN tell you they are no longer against useing them.Luckily none of the ones i know have perished,but theyre definitely concerned about passing it to their children and families who may not be so lucky.

shutthefrontdoor

In response to COVID-19 concerns, with guidance from the CDC, the office of Governor, AZ Dept of Health Services, and the Mohave County Public Health Department, Lake Havasu City is temporarily altering its operations.

Yesman123

Divide and conquer.. grown adults fighting over a mask...wtf.

MT

If Babies don't have to wear a mask because of suffocation then the same thing should apply to anyone who has a heath problem wearing a mask. Makes no sense. A baby can get sick just like anyone else.

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RandiRamone

We should all stop driving cars as well.

Have you seen the year to date numbers on traffic fatalities?

RandiRamone

If your mask works, for what reason do you care if another person chooses not to wear one?

Asking for a friend...

Objective Dialectic

RandiRamone. It is important because most of the masks available to consumers (pretty much all masks except for the N95 medical-grade masks) do not protect the individual wearing the mask as much as the mask-wearer is protecting the people around him/her. Most of these masks protect the individual wearing them from only about 70% of everything around them, but prevents that individual from spreading about 95% of their own germs; these masks are better at preventing things from getting out of the mask than they are at preventing things from coming into the mask. So the mask-wearer is preventing approximately 95% of their transmission but is only protected from about 70% of the surrounding environment/people. So the person wearing the mask is still susceptible to about 30% of whatever the people around them are spreading, but the people around the mask-wearer who are not wearing masks only have a 5% risk of catching anything from the mask-wearer. This is why it is a civic duty to wear the masks and why it is selfish if you simply 'don't want to wear one.'

You could have a high-risk individual (i..e someone with asthma) who takes every precaution they can; they can social distance, wear a mask, and try their best to quarantine. However, let's say they need to make a trip to the grocery store. They mask up and do everything in their power to try not to get sick knowing this could affect them far more than the general population or that they could die from this virus. However, when they get to the store, they notice about 50% of the patrons aren't wearing masks. They decide the necessity of food is dire and have no choice, head into the store, and 6 days later start showing symptoms. They did literally everything they could possibly do to prevent getting covid, but because half of the store was not wearing masks, this high-risk individual got sick anyways. I personally, would not want the guilt hanging over my head that my negligence could possibly cost an American life, simply because a mask is somewhat inconvenient.

Also good to know, scientists have discovered this virus is most likely transmitted via airborne transmission. Yes, you can still get it from touching contaminated surfaces, or being sneezed on, but airborne transmission is what is believed to be the largest form of transmission (airborne transmission is primarily attributed to the actions of talking/vocalizing, singing etc.). Scientists discovered that in an enclosed environment, the virus if airborne, can linger in the air for up to 4 hours. This is why masks are one of the best preventative measures out there especially in buildings.

WhyNot?

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Rorschach

Well said, Objective!!!

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BigBob

"PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK." Rules are for everyone.

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BigBob

Very well said, Dave, and I agree with you about being censored. Seems to be more than just a little arbitrary considering some of the personal attacks that are allowed to remain.

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WhyNot?

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DFLHC

Says who? The Covid-19 particles are larger than most particles responsible for odors from foods. It could also be that you are wearing your mask incorrectly.

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I bought a package of masks ,,,they were made in china ,,I feel much better now.

N2BlueGreenWater

Yea, I hear you on that. I have stopped purchasing anything from China. If it isn't U.S. made then I don't need it.

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3pinsel7

So many posts tonight from you. So many errors. Get a dictionary!

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“Your”welcome

Davel2, I would love to debate the statistics but will not do it tonight! Lol!

“Your”welcome

“Makes not a difference to this guy”! I work in this beautiful city 5, mostly 6 days a week! I shop whenever I want and go where I want! I don’t care if the person next to me is or is not wearing a mask as long as I am protecting myself! Worry about yourself and do what you feel is right but please be safe! Pretty simple! Cities throughout the world are going through another spike in Virus cases , some require masks some don’t! Results are the same , it’s still here!

Cyndi Schteven

This in respond to everyone who follows the first Amendment. Davdav I am,on your page. They will not stop these visitors who think we hav no rules. And they r the same groupies who dont hav reguard for their own state rules. No respect for mankind. Not on the road and definitely not on tje launch ramps and or lake.. They r special

And our Mayor isnt acting with Authority. Money driven, well the visitors will be surprised to find so many of their establishments closed down. And I am not going to wear a mask they tell me to. I will made that choice when I feel it is necessary. Cops here r not going to be walking around to see who does or doesnt hav a mask. They hit around corners in ac cars to giv u a ticket. And they r going to stop u to giv u the dos or donts. Right.

DFLHC

Why do people seem to want to ignore that people are getting infected and dying from this? The number of deaths in the last 4 months from Covid-19 is more than 4 times the number of deaths from the entire 2018-2019 flu year (which was noted as one of the worst in decades). How many more people, especially those that you might know, must die before people finally believe this is real and not some political stunt? What is the number? There are countries abroad who absolutely hate the U.S. and would love nothing more than to expose Covid-19 as some fictional virus created by the U.S. for political gain. Instead, they are fighting for their lives because they lack the advanced health care system that we have. This is a world-wide event. This is virus. It is contagious. It spreads by transmission. The transmission can be reduced or eliminated by the use of masks. People have been wearing masks to slow the spread of infection since before the Egyptians were doing it thousands of years ago. Masks worked then, and they work now.

https://www.fau.edu/newsdesk/articles/efficacy-facemasks-coronavirus.php

Objective Dialectic

Agreed DFLHC. This is sad to see; it makes me very sad to see so many who are ignorant to basic science and statistics, or those who want to make this a political battle... It makes me lose some faith in Americans being able to make good choices.

WhyNot?

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“Your”welcome

The mayor just made it mandatory! Lol

BigBob

Can someone translate that mess?

Snakes6951

Maybe the police won't enforce, that is uncertain right now. But won't you be surprised when you attempt to enter a commercial establishment and you will not be allowed in without a mask. Good luck with that.

HeReigns

Unbelievable. The only way we can move past this is to develop herd immunity. Instead, let's destroy our immune systems. So sad.

WhyNot?

Herd immunity isn't working for Sweden, it won't work for America either...

dezertrat13

most American's dont work anyway

“Your”welcome

Valid points though! Take care of yourself and family! Americans aren’t the healthiest people! Who’s to say?

SammyChapman

So if you don't wear a mask will they throw you in jail. In that case I'll wear one.

Snakes6951

No!!! No mask no service.

Dawn King

It takes a real Man or Woman to realize a face mask is not a political statement but a health issue affecting society.

WhyNot?

That's right Dawn!

Sonny

Thanks Dawn. Now I feel like a real man[thumbup] [beam]

dezertrat13

then just take a sharpie and draw i hate covid 19 on your forehead. its the same thing

IslandDeb

Where did you get your info about masks not helping? It is a small thing that everyone can do to help curb the spread. I also wear a mask out of respect to the people who are exposed to god knows how many people each day at their jobs. It has nothing to do with being a liberal, a conservative, or a socialist. Top doctors in our country are telling us the importance of mask wearing , especially now that the virus is coming back for round 2. Perhaps, if we all wore masks sooner we wouldn’t be dealing with a round 2!

dezertrat13

its simple! did you know your phone can actually look up information instead of just telling you what you should think!? crazy right!

Sonny

IslandDeb I did a test on the blue mask. I blew smoke into it and one side was stained and the other wasn't. I did it both ways and results the same. That tells me that if we all wear one that it will help a lot. But it's not good to smoke[beam]

dezertrat13

hahahahaha... PHD to you!

“Your”welcome

“False”! Cities throughout the world that required masks early are now going through another outbreak! It’s not just here.

Objective Dialectic

If you would ever read anyone else's comments or responses to you, you would know I responded to you in a previous article detailing out that the masks are not a cure-all; we will see some spikes no matter what, but that doesn't mean the masks do nothing. They slow the spread (they don't completely prevent the spread, the slow it down and only prevent it to a certain degree), and this is of huge importance because slowing the spread will help us save at least some American lives, prevent our hospitals from being overrun, and prevent businesses from having to close. One little thing, literally one minor inconvenience of wearing a mask in public, is all it takes to prevent this from killing a much higher number of people and destroying our economy.

WhyNot?

Objective - "your" seems to be a troll, always repeating the same false info and never really taking the time to read anyone's responses. Don't waste your time...

JSJGSedona

Thank you!

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dezertrat13

masks dont save you! they dont protect you or any one else. they just show that you are weak minded and listen to what ever your phone says!

Mcstubbs

If you scared about others NOT wearing mask, then keep yourself at home. We don’t need a dictator trying to show they want to use POWER that they aren’t in title to have.

Rabicate

No you look, you have the right to carry a gun anywhere but you don’t have the right to give me the covid. You stay home and read some science, big words, should take you a while.

WhyNot?

Isn't that what tRUMP is doing, "dictator trying to show they want to use POWER that they aren’t in title to have"?

pegymo

[thumbdown] I cannot figure out why people think this virus belongs to a political party. It's more like a rabid dog, just attacks anyone in its path. Just because the entire government got it wrong, doesn't mean we should not do our due diligence to protect ourselves, whatever that looks like for each individual. They city and county has to do something, or let the law suits begin!

Snakes6951

Dictator???? Really???? Maybe you should live in a country like china or venezuela for awhile to see what a dictatorship looks like.

pegymo

You're telling people to stay home, and we're asking you to wear a mask. See the irony???

“Your”welcome

You don’t have to stay home, they shouldn’t have to wear a mask! Protect yourself and don’t worry what others are doing.

Snakes6951

Not true. Health and safety issue.

LPB

Elderly people and compromised people should wear masks. Definitely not kids 18 and below. Here is the CDC website:

Tips to Protect Children During a COVID-19 Outbreak

Updated June 28, 2020

Based on available evidence, children do not appear to be at higher risk for COVID-19 than adults. While some children and infants have been sick with COVID-19, adults make up most of the known cases to date.

From W.H.O

Asymptomatic transmission:

An asymptomatic laboratory-confirmed case is a person infected with COVID-19 who does not develop symptoms. Asymptomatic transmission refers to transmission of the virus from a person, who does not develop symptoms.

“There are few reports of laboratory-confirmed cases who are truly asymptomatic,” and to date, there has been no documented asymptomatic transmission. This does not exclude the possibility that it “may” occur. Asymptomatic cases have been reported as part of contact tracing efforts in some countries.

WHO regularly monitors all emerging evidence about this critical topic and will provide an update as more information becomes available.

DFLHC

Seriously? The last time I looked at the stats we had 88 cases and several deaths in the 0-19 year old bracket. 4 weeks ago, Havasu had zero 0-9 year old cases and now there are 45. I am not sure how you think this doesn't affect every age group. WHO is the same group that said we would never have Covid-19 in the U.S. Our scientist here already know that 20%-40% of the spread is occurring from asymptomatic people. Wear a mask to protect others, even if you don't care about yourself.

MM in Havasu

Send the Commiefornyans home, they have packed this town for the last month.

I cannot wear a mask due to a preexisting medical condition with cardiac arrythmia , and a damn mask is not proven to stop any virus. This whole mask BS is political anyway.

havaman

I should stop taking the bait, but, if you are so confident of that, why don't you go volunteer at the ICU? Take some deep breaths, no mask of course. I also suffer from Congestive Heart Failure, arrhythmia and asthma. Somehow, my doctor said wearing a mask will save my life. If you are gonna play that medical BS, at least use COPD or something that actually restricts your breathing.

dezertrat13

why don't you volunteer in the military, take some deep breaths in a FOB for your country. life is not a parking meter... it comes and goes, you cry when no one wears a useless mask but don't care when marines get 1970s equipment to protect you? oh wait that didn't get shared on social media

Jaybusy

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janaplum

Thank you Mr. Mayor!

Dave dave

How is this a discussion if you pull down everybody who doesn't agree with you

MM in Havasu

Socialism 101

BigBob

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Dave dave

Fake news

Davel2

[thumbup][thumbup] Michelle LIn... You're a Rockstar!

Havasuorbust

About time! Worst health crisis in 100 years. Wear a mask, period!!! Get over yourselves already.

dezertrat13

what web sight did you get your degree from... i would ask for a refund

N2BlueGreenWater

Uh-oh. Website. You may need a refund as well.

dezertrat13

sorry i work for a living. got me a ged

Objective Dialectic

LOL. N2BlueGreenWater, I just replied the same thing and didn't see your post. Obviously, we were both thinking the same thing [lol]

N2BlueGreenWater

Objective Dialectic, I am certain the GED wasn't enough for him to qualify on masking standards. Yes, we were thinking exactly the same. Funny.

Objective Dialectic

Dezertrat13, you can't even spell "website" correctly! Let's hear from you on your formal education that makes you so much more 'insightful' on the subject of virology!

BigBob

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N2BlueGreenWater

His handle says it all.

WhyNot?

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BigBob

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pegymo

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guest93

Plain and simple indoctrination a preview of socialistic society For those that will create the puppets for their cars please study socialism or go to those countries and see for yourself what you’re getting yourself into secondly to keep Trump from having his rallies and Biden to compete with Trump in debatesWhat better way and create the dangers of not being able to be in society it’s been a for your pattern if you haven’t seen it you are indoctrinated God bless you

vickilind

Thank you. Better late than never

dezertrat13

coward liberals hiding behind masks and cell phones, CNN is there bible. " I read it on line, it must be true!?"

Objective Dialectic

This is not political in any way, shape, or form. Don't you see that you are the conspiracy mongerer here? Those of us saying you should be wearing a mask are both republicans and democrats who are logical enough and intelligent enough to understand basic SCIENCE. You trying to pin this on liberals is a disgusting attempt to politicize a health crisis.

BigBob

GED, huh? I don't think so. I have a GED plus two university degrees. BTW "their."

N2BlueGreenWater

Not you BigBob. Talking about the rat of the desert up there.

N2BlueGreenWater

I am not sure who your referring to BigBob. If it was one of my GED comments it wasn't regarding you.

deaton

Yup, a Masters degree in “Applied Stupidity” and a PhD in “Marxist Theory” you can see ‘um hanging on the wall right there! Luv to you rovR**. [thumbup][love] Deaton

pegymo

How old are you??? this is the most ridiculous statement yet. Once again this virus does NOT belong to a political party. It belongs to a portfolio of viruses including, SARS, and HIV. Now you may be to young to remember the AIDs pandemic, so you may want to read up. Instead of face mask, they suggested a condemn. Contracted, it lead to death, no questions asked. It took years to develop drugs that would prolong peoples lives. It will take years for this to be brought under control. More than likely, you will get it. As a Conservative, I choose to help stop the spread, and wear a mask. As a supposed conservative, you choose to ignore the whole thing. If you were actually in the military, you are fully aware of the amount of vaccines you were asked to take to go to foreign countries, and you did it. Crazy Cal is only asking you to wear a mask when you are in public, where large groups congregate, is that truly to much to ask, or the end of the world> Geeze, can't we all just get along!!!

Objective Dialectic

Pegymo! Spot on! [thumbup]

Angels mom

I am elderly, and compromised, and stay home unless I need groceries or Dr. Appt. and wear a mask unless in my own home. Even then, 'visitors' push past me in the grocery store, no mask, and no telling what or whom they have been exposed to. Yes, ALL should wear a mask and respect the local population.

dezertrat13

the local population does not wear masks. if you want to wear a tin foil hat and cry about cem trails and face masks that is your right, but dont push it on the logical locals who dont worship there tv's and cell phones

Snakes6951

You couldn't be more wrong about locals wearing masks. You must not get out much!

pegymo

oh boy....so much anger,

BigBob

GED? Really? BTW, "chemtrails" - "don't" -"their"

BigBob

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Jeff Anderson

Welcome to a socialistic society, mask are required to appease the few, with no FACTUAL data that masks prevent the spread of this virus. To the all that read want they want to read, hear what they want to hear, masks do not protect you from the virus.

havaman

Jeff Anderson - Holy COW man! I don't post much on this crazy place, but holy COW! You should paint "I am part of the problem" on your mirror and take a good, hard look. I guess helmets don't protect from head injury either, right?

dezertrat13

you should paint "i am a sheep " on your mirror.

havaman

Ewe must be joking, I will take it into consideration, but don't count on it.

dezertrat13

i won't count on it, you follow your shepherd phone where ever it leads you

WhyNot?

desertrat - You mean like you follow your sheepherder, tRUMP? You better check, he's changed his direction and now is supporting wearing masks...your flock is moving, keep up!

Snakes6951

A sheep? Maybe. But I will be alive after this. Not so sure about you.

pegymo

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Jaybusy

Helmets are also "not required" in Arizona,neither is common sense apparently...

BigBob

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Snakes6951

You are so right

Objective Dialectic

Jeff Anderson and Dezertrat13,

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-020-0843-2#Sec3

https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc2007800

Here are some peer-reviewed articles from a few science journals. These are not in any way media related, and are purely scientific. This presents methodology and results related to how speech,coughing, sneezing etc. allows for transmission of aerosols (which can contain any virus or bacteria you are infected with), and how masks reduce that transmission. Masks help with any transmissible disease that can be airborne.

It is a disgrace to scientists and their amazing work for you to be spewing lies with no factual proof to back up your claims. Take the time to read an actual scientific article and please, PLEASE rebut it if you believe you can. I would be interested to see how you could possibly prove, with scientific methods and analyses, that these other real scientists are wrong or inaccurate. I will be waiting for your well thought out, thorough, and scientifically based response.

Snakes6951

Sorry, I didn't catch where you are a medical professiinal. It works better than not wearing a mask.

Rorschach

Kids in high schools across America are wearing bullet-proof backpacks, have to walk through metal detectors, and go through active shooter drills... You: "Well, that's the price of freedom. 'Muricah!!!"

People are required to wear masks for a couple of months to help stop the spread of the most contagious virus in 100 years... You: "THAT'S TYRANNY."

See how silly you sound?

BigBob

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WhyNot?

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BigBob

Another C/F that doesn't know what a socialist is.

Sloro450

If I'm worried I'll wear a mask, if you're worried wear a mask , but don't FORCE me to wear one ,

Dawn King

.....in the jungle, the mighty jungle, an ostrich sleeps tonight......

“Your”welcome

Dawnking! Not sure if an ostrich sleeps at night or not! Ohh, Dang!! that was your point! My fault I honestly thought you had more.

WhyNot?

Dawn - Bravo, bravo!

dabeav3@gmail.com

A small and very late step, but still a victory. Now enforcement with all the people in town when they are used to doing anything they please will be interesting.

simon1dog

Amen

Sloro450

If you're scared don't go out

LPB

AGREED! And if you are sick STAY HOME.

pegymo

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pegymo

A person does need food...

WhyNot?

“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”

― Issac Asimov

dezertrat13

its ironic, the very thing you want to dismantle is the only thing keeping you free... i respect your opinion. what unit did you serve in to protect this country?

“Your”welcome

Leave it to “HG” the good ole boy to point fingers and call names! If only you could give the thumbs something to do!!!!!

WhyNot?

That's funny, "your", I post a famous quote and you took it as an insult? I guess we all know which side of that quote you feel you belong to, HaHaHa!

Objective Dialectic

LOL HavasuGuy[lol]

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