A new mask mandate is expected to be announced in the Big Apple today and going by the looks of it, New Yorkers may have to keep their masks on indoors. In Connecticut, on the other hand, officials are “strongly recommending” that all residents (vaccinated and unvaccinated) over the age of two wear masks indoors.
After seven of the state’s eight counties have been classified by the CDC as having “substantial transmission” of COVID-19, Connecticut has leaned towards renewing its mask mandates.
The CDC classifies counties with greater than 50 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents over seven days as “substantial”, and according to the most recent state report released on July 30, Connecticut experienced 491 new cases over the previous week, with a positivity increase of 2.71 percent. The report listed total hospitalizations as 116.
Meanwhile, the head of the National Institutes of Health Dr. Francis Collins said Sunday that the new federal guidelines encouraging Americans in COVID-19 hot spots to mask up indoors are “mostly about protecting the unvaccinated.” While the vaccines are highly protective against severe cases, Collins warned that studies show immunized people can still spread the virus to others, including the immuno-compromised and young children.
This makes it a lot more plausible for the NYC administration to implement a fresh set of masking guidelines today.