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Mask use among Southwest Ohio residents in rural counties uneven, at best


Despite Brown County having lots of open country and plenty of elbow room for its 43,000 residents, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said people in rural parts of the state who downplay the virus are making a mistake. New COVID-19 numbers support the concern DeWine has about rural counties. In Brown County, data shows the virus’ retransmission rate, or ‘R factor,’ is 1.20. That’s higher than neighboring Clermont County and even higher than Hamilton County.

Superintendent of Fayetteville-Perry Local Schools in Brown County, Tim Carlier, says masks are a must. “If you walk into our doors, unless you have a medical exemption, every individual must wear a face mask,” Carlier said. “And also, you must have your temperature checked.”