Despite new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Grant County Health District is still recommending that masks should continue to be worn by everyone in the county for at least the next three weeks.

This recommendation is for all residents, including those that are fully vaccinated, in all indoor spaces and outdoor spaces where distancing is not possible. Six feet of social distance is still the safest practice, according to a news release from the health district.

The guidance will be reassessed weekly by the health officer and additional information would be provided reflecting any changes.

The county health district recommends continued use of face masks because vaccination rates are low in the county, hospitalization due to COVID-19 and ICU use remain high, COVID-19 case rates in the county are slowly dropping, but remain above 200 cases per 14-day period, and new, more infectious variants of the virus are affecting younger individuals and causing more sickness and hospitalization.

“Considering our current COVID indicators and the pandemic’s behavior in Grant County, it is prudent to continue masking. We trust that our residents and visitors continue masking and vaccinating. Improving vaccination rates will make removing restrictions and recommendations about masking easier,” stated the health district in the release.

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