ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN) — After consulting with health care professionals, Enterprise Mayor William Cooper says he feels requiring city employees to wear masks is the best way to keep the city’s 400 workers from catching COVID-19 or one of its variants.
In a YouTube video this morning, Enterprise Mayor Cooper says because of the rising number of
city employees contracting the standard COVID-19 virus, or the new delta variant, he is taking action.
At this time, he says there are about 20 employees who have tested positive. Currently, there are more than 300 cases in Coffee County and that number is rising.
“Our people will wear masks in the building,” Cooper said. “We’re not requiring the general public to wear masks, but we would prefer that they come on with a mask if so.”
But, Mayor Cooper is asking the public to wear a mask when entering city hall, or any other city facility.
Late last year, Mayor Cooper says he was a victim of COVID, and it almost killed him.
“It’s frightening, it’s something I wouldn’t want to put on anyone,” Cooper said. “To tell you as far as sick, that is as sick as I have ever been in my whole life. So I would say truly one of the main things is that everyone should look at trying to protect themselves and their families.”
Mayor Cooper says, fortunately, the number of current cases are well below the 545 cases that were reported in late January, but he’s most concerned about the Delta variant which can be more contagious and causes greater health issues.