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More northeast Nevada schools mandate masks due to COVID-19

ELKO — The largest school district in northeast Nevada is requiring students to wear face coverings at most of its campuses, now that they are dealing with outbreaks of COVID-19.

Three elementary schools in Elko and one in Spring Creek were the latest to report an increase in positive cases and activate mask requirements, the Elko Daily Free Press reported Thursday.

The move brings the number of Elko County School District campuses with mask mandates to at least 13.

A district statement said keeping schools open to in-person learning remains the top priority and asks community support for mandated mitigation efforts, which remain in place for 28 days.

High schools in Elko and Spring Creek and an intermediate school in Elko were the first to announce outbreaks Sept. 8 — a little more than a week after the school year began for some 10,000 students at 19 schools.

County lawmakers were applauded in August when they voted not to comply with a mask mandate Gov. Steve Sisolak re-imposed to stem the spread of the aggressive delta coronavirus variant.

Elko County Commissioner Rex Steninger said businesses and the emotional and physical well-being of residents depended on refusing to wear masks.

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