City council may end mask mandate at May 19 meeting

Cordova City Council will, at its Wednesday, May 19 meeting, consider repealing the city’s mask mandate and relaxing its emergency public health rules, officials announced. This consideration is being made in light of Cordova’s high vaccination rate and recently revised guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to a release from the city. Thursday, May 13, the CDC announced that it would no longer ask fully vaccinated people to wear masks in most settings. However, the CDC still recommends that fully vaccinated people wear masks in crowded indoor settings such as such as planes, hospitals and prisons.

At its May 19 meeting, city council will also consider extending the city’s local emergency declaration.

The city has reported three new virus cases in the past eight weeks. None of those cases are believed to be currently active. Of the 128 local cases identified cumulatively by the city as of Friday, May 7, 108 have been Cordova residents and 20 have been non-residents. On April 14, the city stepped its public health alert level down from Level 3, signifying caution, to Level 2, the least urgent alert level consistent with implementing public health mandates.

All Cordovans 12 and older are currently eligible for vaccination, as well as anyone arriving in Cordova to work, Cordova Community Medical Center officials said. Vaccinations can be scheduled by calling 907-424-3045.