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Individuals from throughout Barry County with their signs "UnMask our Children", crowded into the Barry County Board of Health meeting Thursday morning expressing their dissatisfaction with the Barry Eaton Health Department's mask mandate in schools. Those who spoke are demanding that the two emergency health orders that went in effect Wednesday mandating masking in schools and prescribing requirements for isolation and quarantine be rescinded immediately. Instead, they believe masking decisions should be up to parents or made at the school board level.

 

The Barry Community Enrichment Center, where the 7 hour long meeting was held, was filled to capacity with a three block long line of individuals waiting outside showing their concern about the health department's actions. Many of those who spoke are calling for the resignation or firing of BEDHD Health Officer Colette Scrimger, who put the emergency orders in place. 

 

Over 110 individuals, many very emotional, expressed their concerns for their kids, anger, frustration, and their opinions about the legality of the emergency orders and their individual rights.

 

Colette Scrimger then spoke about the emergency orders and defended the decision process she went through before issuing them. Other health department workers presented the most recent data on Covid-19 in Barry and Eaton counties.

 

While a final round of public comment was underway, a citizens arrest of Scrimger was attempted. The meeting was quickly adjourned as the board awaited input from legal counsel and law enforcement.

 

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