World St. Louis mandates masks indoors regardless of vaccination status, recommends masks outdoors
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Vaccines are the solution to Covid-19. Let’s make the most of them.With the rise of the delta variant and a rapid increase in Covid-19 cases, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is calling on vaccinated people to wear masks indoors again in places where the virus is quickly spreading. At least some school districts will likely require masks this fall. Local governments, from Massachusetts to California, are reviving mask mandates.
County in is mandating face masks for everyone over the age of 5 when indoors regardless of status amid the spread of the delta variant, officials announced Friday.
Masks are also "strongly encouraged" for groups when outdoors.
"We’ve lost more than 500 St. Louisans to COVID-19, and if our region doesn’t work together to protect one another, we could see spikes that overwhelm our hospital and public health systems,", acting director of health for the City of St. Louis, said Friday.
St. Louis County reportedof COVID-19 on Wednesday, bumping the 7-day average up to 212, which is slightly higher than the level that it was at in mid-April. The county's average test positivity rate has risen to 9.4% over the past week, the highest it has been since late January.
Missouri AG plans to sue St. Louis over reinstatement of mask mandate
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt said he plans to file a lawsuit against St. Louis and St. Louis County for reinstating a mask mandate for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people over the age of 5. Local leaders announced the new requirements on Friday citing the rising number of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. The requirements were to take effect on Monday in indoor public places and on public transportation. Masks are also "strongly encouraged" for groups when outdoors. Schmitt, a GOP candidate for U.S. Senate, said he's heading to court to stop the new mask requirements. ST.
Statewide, cases are also reaching levels not seen since January asreported 2,865 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, according to a analysis.
Dr. Faisal Khan, acting director of the St. Louis County Department of Public Health, said that vaccines are the "best way to stop the fast-spreading Delta variant of COVID-19."
"We are relentlessly committed to making vaccinations more accessible and convenient," Dr. Khan said Friday. "In the meantime, we need everyone, vaccinated or not, to wear masks in crowded indoor settings."
Just over half,, of adults in Missouri are fully vaccinated, while 57.5% have received at least one dose of a vaccine.
Local officials in other parts of the country with surging cases have already reinstated mask mandates.
Masks for vaccinated gaining momentum as more cities, states require or recommend face coverings
More and more jurisdictions around the United States are requiring or recommending masks indoors for vaccinated people in reaction to the fast-spreading COVID-19 delta variant. With many areas struggling to reach significant levels of vaccination, case numbers in the U.S. have increased by a factor of five in the past month. And high-profile infections among vaccinated individuals are showing that although the coronavirus vaccines prevent nearly all hospitalization and death among those who take them, vaccinated people can still catch the virus and test positive. WHERE TO FIND COVID VACCINES Though the number of U.S.
County officials announced last week that everyone must wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status.
Clark County officials announced earlier this week that all employees inmust wear masks indoors, but stopped short of implementing a mandate for the general public.
The CDC announced on May 13 that vaccinated Americans no longer have to wear masks, but the Delta variant's surge has caused some local officials to rethink that guidance.
Dr. Rachel Walensky, the director of the CDC, said this week that her agency's mask guidance hasn't changed, but that "communities and individuals need to make the decisions that are right for them based on what's going on in their local areas."
"If you’re in an area that has a high case rate and low rates of vaccination where Delta cases are rising, you should certainly be wearing a mask if you are unvaccinated,"at the White House Thursday. "If you are vaccinated, you get exceptional protection from the vaccines. But you have the opportunity to make the personal choice to add extra layers of protection if you so choose."
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More than 100 people gathered in rallies across Iowa and Michigan on Saturday to protest COVID-19 vaccine mandates.More than 100 people gathered in rallies across Iowa and Michigan on Saturday to protest COVID-19 vaccine mandates, chanting slogans such as "stop vax bullying," "my body, my choice, the land of the free," and "mandates belong in socialist countries," among others.