Hamblen County Mayor Bill Brittain has extended his executive order requiring masks to be worn in public through the end of October. 

The extension, Brittain’s second of the original mandate which began in early August, comes in the heels of Gov. Bill Lee’s extension of his own order giving the power to mandate masks to county mayors. 

Brittain’s latest extension is through Oct. 30.

In announcing the extension, Brittain cited CDC recommendations and encouraged other measures such as proper social distancing. 

Hamblen County’s active COVID cases had skyrocketed to more than 500 before he issued the original order. In the weeks, after the order cases dropped significantly. Later, the state changed the way it counted active cases, resulting in another major deduction but making it difficult to compare current numbers to numbers in early August. 

In recent days, following the reopening of schools in early September, active cases rose back above 100. 

As of Tuesday afternoon, Hamblen County had 130 active cases and 28 deaths. For more, see Wednesday’s edition of the Citizen Tribune.