Coppinger renews Hamilton County mask mandate through Nov. 22

Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / Mayor Jim Coppinger, left, greets Dr. David Bruce with an elbow bump before the press conference Tuesday at the Hamilton County Health Department. Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger renewed a mask mandate through Nov. 22 for the county on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020.

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger renewed a mask mandate for the county on Tuesday, extending the requirement through Nov. 22.

The mandate, initially implemented in July, was already extended once by 45 days, and its second expiration date would have been this Thursday.

"You can see where we were when we first implemented the mask mandate, and you can see now where we flattened it," Coppinger said at a news conference Tuesday, gesturing at a graph of new cases for the past three months.

Representatives of local hospitals, tourism businesses and schools echoed the need for the mask mandate, highlighting a returning sense of normalcy and the declining number of cases since the mandate started in July.

"We've