KU study concludes county mask mandates in Kansas have stalled major rise in COVID-19

Johnson County mask order

Mask orders have been in place in Johnson County since the summer, requiring patrons to wear masks inside in most situations. File photo.

TOPEKA — Researchers at the University of Kansas report counties with mask mandates thwarted significant escalation in transmission of COVID-19 and counties operating without a requirement people wear a face covering suffered steady infection rate increases.