Omaha to weigh reducing health chief's power in an epidemic

Omaha City Council
Posted at 11:45 AM, Mar 13, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-13 12:45:10-04

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Omaha City Council will consider reducing the decision-making powers for the city health director in the event of an epidemic.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that the proposal up for discussion Tuesday comes two months after Douglas County Health Director Lindsay Huse issued a mask mandate for Omaha amid a surge of COVID-19 infections.

The proposed ordinance would give the city health director only the power to certify the presence of an epidemic.

If a threat is established, a special epidemic health director would be responsible for coming up with a plan to manage it.

Any order could be rejected by the mayor.

The City Council also would have the ability to weigh in.

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