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CDC says areas with substantial, high transmission of COVID-19 should wear a mask; here’s how our counties stack up

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(WREX) — Earlier on Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reversed course on some masking guidance which said even vaccinated people should return to wearing masks indoors in parts of the U.S. where the coronavirus is surging. It further narrowed that guidance to counties that have substantial or high risk of transmission of COVID-19.

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But what does that mean? Basically, the guidance is for states and counties where new cases are more than 50 per 100,000 people or where the 7-day positivity rates are more than 8%.

So where do counties in the Stateline fall under that category?

According to the CDC's Data Tracker, multiple counties in our area fall under the "substantial" or "high" risk of transmission category.

Here's a look at the counties in our area, according to CDC:

  • Boone: Substantial
  • Carroll: High
  • DeKalb: Moderate
  • Jo Daviess: Moderate
  • Lee: Moderate
  • Ogle: Moderate
  • Stephenson: Moderate
  • Whiteside: Moderate
  • Winnebago: Substantial

13 WREX reached out to the Winnebago County Health Department to see if that means vaccinated people in the county should be wearing their masks indoors again. Here's the statement the health department provided:

Winnebago County Health Department continues to recommend that all individuals consider the risks of COVID-19 and take preventive measures to reduce the spread.  This includes vaccination, masking, social distancing and hand washing. Take extra precautions when in settings in which there may be individuals who are unvaccinated or whose vaccination status is unknown e.g. schools, public buildings, stores, entertainment venues.

Winnebago County Health Department

The CDC also recommended indoor masks for all teachers, staff, students and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status.

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