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Although wearing a mask is the “responsible thing to do,” Washington County Executive Josh Schoemann said “complainers” should stop “wasting” the time of the Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department with reports about people violating the state’s mask mandate. 

Schoemann’s comments came in a post on the county website. 

And an Oct. 4 post on his Josh Schoemann for county executive Facebook page says, “Washington County: Let’s prove we don’t need any more top down heavy handed government orders.” The post goes on to say people should stay home if they are sick or in contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive and should follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Washington County had 542 active cases as of Oct. 6, according to the health department’s COVID-19 dashboard; Ozaukee County had 261. Together, the two counties have