This afternoon, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance for mask-wearing in response to the rapid surge in new COVID-19 cases. CDC reports that daily COVID-19 cases increased over 300% nationally between June 19 - July 23, driven by the highly transmissible Delta variant.
CDC recommends the following actions be taken in areas with substantial or high COVID-19 transmission:
CDC recommends the following actions be taken across all areas of the United States, regardless of local transmission:
CDC continues to emphasize that widespread vaccination is key to stopping the spread of COVID-19. Vaccination coverage by county ranges from 9% to 89% and remains below 40% in over half of all counties in the United States. Areas of low vaccination coverage have rapidly increasing COVID-19 cases. Deaths and hospitalizations from COVID-19 are almost exclusively among the unvaccinated.
Health Action Alliance recommends all businesses take a risk-based approach that prioritizes the health and safety of employees and customers and considers local community vaccination rates and guidance from public health officials.
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