FRAMINGHAM – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control is expected today, July 27, at a briefly this afternoon, will recommend that fully vaccinated people wear masks or face coverings indoor in areas with high COVID-19 transmission rates.
The new CDC guidance comes as the highly-contagious Delta variant is surging in some areas of the country.
In mid-May, the CDC announced fully vaccinated people did not need to wear masks indoors.
The CDC recommendation this afternoon will leave the final decision on face covering for local states and health boards.
CDC says that fully vaccinated residents in counties with “substantial” or “high” levels of COVID-19 transmission should wear masks indoors.
That means counties that have reported at least 50 new cases per 100,000 persons in the past week or are averaging a positive test rate above 8 percent.
Some regions of the country have already started to re-institute mask mandates.
Some counties in California are asking all residents to wear masks in public indoor settings , even if vaccinated.
Massachusetts is close to that mark at 49.6 new cases per 100,000 residents in the last seven days.
In Provincetown, the Cape Cod community is advised all individuals to resume wearing masks indoors after Independence celebrations led to an outbreak of COVID-19 cases.