A public records request in the county housing Wisconsin’s capital city reveals what some have assumed: “There are no responsive records” to questions about the efficacy of Dane County’s ongoing mask mandate. The answer came in response to a resident’s December 17 open records request to Public Health Madison and Dane County, the county health department staffed by the unelected bureaucrats responsible for issuing non-stop mask mandates in the primarily vaccinated county. [tweet_embed] January 16, 2022[/tweet_embed] “We made a diligent search for records responsive to your request within our agency,” responded Public Health Supervisor Melanie Jicha in a Jan. 13 letter. But there were none. The request asked for “data showing disease prevention of COVID-19 in Dane County only from Mask Wearing, How many cases of COVID-19 Were prevented from Transmission in Dane County from Mask Wearing,” as well as “Data showing how many … cases [of] COVID-19 would exist in Dane County if there was no mask mandate.” “Public Health needs to show data that the mask mandates are preventing COVID-19, How Many cases were Prevented from Transmission and data showing how many cases would exist if there was no mask mandate,” the resident wrote, as per documentation in Jicha’s response letter. “This data should be readily available and quick to give out if Public Health is issuing their mandates on science and data.” [tweet_embed] January 16, 2022[/tweet_embed] Dane County residents have been saying this for two years, but especially since August, when unelected health director Janel Heinrich reimposed the “temporary” mask mandate that she’s extended every month since. It was recently extended yet again to February. Dane County was one of the most vaccinated countries in the entire country at the time of enactment of the mandate, and according to the health department’s own numbers (which they since appear to have hidden from their website), herd immunity here was considered to be as high as 90 percent in October. When Heinrich first issued the mandate in August, weekly average deaths had been steady at zero since the middle of May. [tweet_embed] January 16, 2022[/tweet_embed] In December, county Supervisors Jeff Weigand and Tim Rockwell held an informal public hearing on the mandate (after the county Board of Health had declined to hear citizens who registered to speak at a public hearing two weeks earlier), and more than 180 people turned out to voice their opinion on the mandate, with only five people in support of them. Many attendees decried the health department’s lack of transparency and its unwillingness to release any data on the efficacy of its decrees.