The highly contagious Delta variant has sparked a new wave of Covid-19 in the United States, leading officials in some regions to reverse what had been a trend for months to ease restrictions.
Local officials of Miami-Dade County, Florida, sent a joint statement on Tuesday asking all residents to wear masks when near large groups of people.
Officials from San Francisco, Berkeley and several other Bay Area communities on Friday issued a statement recommending “that everyone, regardless of their immunization status, wear masks indoors in public places.” .
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) released new guidelines on Monday saying people with pre-existing conditions should wear indoor masks when outside the home, while advising people even completely vaccinated to consider wearing masks if they work “in jobs with significant public exposure.”
In Ventura County, southern California, officials on Monday issued “strong” recommendations that all residents wear masks indoors, in public places and in crowded outdoor situations
Officials of Clark County, Nevada– which includes Las Vegas – also released new guidelines on Friday recommending that all people wear masks in crowded indoor public spaces.
Los Angeles County, the most populous county in the United States, reinstated its mask mandate on Saturday, requiring all residents to wear masks in indoor public spaces, regardless of immunization status.
The mayor of Orange County, Florida, which includes Orlando and Walt Disney World, last week issued a “strong recommendation” that everyone wear masks in crowded indoor spaces.
Austin, Texas, officially backed down on Thursday under a stricter set of Covid guidelines, which recommends anyone at high risk for Covid complications to wear a mask in public while avoiding large crowds and not to travel except if necessary.
Yolo County, in the Sacramento, Calif., Area, issued guidelines last week saying all residents, even fully vaccinated ones, should wear masks in indoor public spaces.
The Mississippi State Department of Health released new guidelines on July 9 stating that all residents 65 and older, as well as those with underlying chronic conditions, should stay away from large indoor gatherings.
6.64%. This is what the positivity rate for Covid tests in the United States has increased at, according to the Mayo Clinic. That’s more than quadruple the positivity rate in mid-June, when it was around 1.65%.
The CDC has confirmed that the highly contagious Delta variant is the dominant strain of Covid-19 in the United States, which has led to new calls for the unvaccinated to be vaccinated. According to the CDC, nearly 68% of adults in the United States have received at least one injection of Covid, but the vaccination rate varies widely across the country. Mississippi has the lowest rate, with only about 37% of residents having received an injection. This is a particularly concerning figure since state health worker Dr Thomas Dobbs tweeted last week, Delta invented “just about ALL cases” in Mississippi. Health officials in the United States are also concerned about high levels of vaccine reluctance among young people, as the Delta variant appears to cause more severe Covid cases in young people than other strains. Vaccines still appear to be very effective in warding off infection from the Delta variant, but high transmission rates have raised concerns that there are no more “breakthrough cases” – cases of Covid-19 among people entirely. vaccinated.
World Health Organization officials said last month that fully vaccinated people should wear masks and practice social distancing in public to fight the Delta variant, but the CDC disagrees. CDC guidelines say only unvaccinated people should mask themselves, while fully vaccinated people can largely return to their pre-pandemic lifestyle.
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