CDC Issues Updated Indoor Mask Guidelines That Encompass N.Y.C., Los Angeles, as well as Major Covid Hotspots

By Anna Breuer on 27 July 2021
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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued updated face mask guidance late Tuesday.

The new guidance recommends that vaccinated individuals don masks in areas with “substantial” and “high” transmission of the coronavirus, classifications that encompass two-thirds of all U.S. counties.

“In recent days I have seen new scientific data from recent outbreak investigations showing that the Delta variant behaves uniquely differently from past strains of the virus that cause Covid-19,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky told reporters at a briefing on Tuesday.

“This new science is worrisome and unfortunately warrants an update to our recommendations,” she added. “This is not a decision that we or CDC has made lightly.”

The CDC last updated its mask guidance in May, telling fully vaccinated individuals it was ok to go without masks indoors.

To help individuals determine the level of transmission where they live, the CDC released a map with four designations of transmission, namely high, substantial, moderate, and low.

Most of New York City is “substantial” while in Staten Island the transmission rate is “high.” In New Jersey, Monmouth County shows as “high” while Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Essex, Middlesex, Ocean, and Passaic counties are only “substantial.”

In California, the change affects 45 of California’s 58 counties, encompassing some 96% of the state’s 39.5 million residents.

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