CDC issues new COVID-19 masking guidance

On Feb. 25, 2022, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new masking guidance at the county-level for Americans. This guidance considers the number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, hospital capacity and stress on local health systems. The change is also based on widespread vaccinations and the less severe Omicron variant.

Requirements are still in effect for individuals and workers of indoor transportation hubs such as airports, trains, subways, bus terminals, etc. For detailed information about who the masking guidance applies to, visit the CDC website.

Communities and individual organizations may have their own policies, independent from or in addition to the CDC guidance. While many communities are expected to relax mask requirements, people should continue to monitor local news and government communications for specific local requirements.

The CDC developed an online portal that uses hospitalization rates and capacity to assess whether counties are at low, medium or high risk levels, shown as green, yellow and orange, respectively. CDC online portal data is updated weekly.

The CDC continues to recommend wearing of masks indoors in counties where the risk is designated as high.

Individuals who are high risk should talk with their health provider regarding wearing a mask. As always, individuals who are more comfortable wearing a mask may continue to do so.

For more information, please visit this CDC website.

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