By BRENT MARTIN

St. Joseph Post

St. Joseph residents will not be required to wear masks while
in public.

The St. Joseph City Council has decided against taking that
step, though concerns have arisen over an increase in COVID-19 cases, primarily
due to an outbreak in The Living Community.

A requirement remains a possibility.

Council members will review a proposal to mandate the wearing
of masks when they meet again next Thursday in their weekly meeting to monitor
the coronavirus pandemic.

The Living Community reports 22 residents and 15 employees
have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Buchanan County reports 880 total cases; the number of cases since
official counting began. Andrew County reports 54 cases of COVID-19. Doniphan
County, Kansas records 26 cases.

Mosaic Life Care has now tested 12,060 area residents with 539
testing positive for the coronavirus. Fifteen patients are being treated at the
St. Joseph hospital for COVID-19, a few on ventilators. Mosaic is awaiting
results from 205 tests.

The Missouri Department of Health reports 22,283 total cases
statewide, resulting in 1,022 deaths. Kansas health officials report 14,990
statewide cases and 272 deaths.