August 6, 2021
In the past week, Michigan has experienced a significant increase in Delta (COVID) variant cases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Delta variant is now the dominant strain in the United States. Currently, the delta variant accounts for nearly 93% of U.S. infections.
While there is currently no statewide requirement to wear a face mask in most settings, yesterday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued recommended guidance on ‘When To Wear a Face Mask’. Please read and review.
The surge in the Delta variant across the country prompted the CDC to issue updated recommendations for masking. In areas with substantial and high transmission, the CDC recommends that everyone (including fully vaccinated individuals) wear a mask in public indoor settings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, especially the Delta variant, and to protect others. The CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people who have a known exposure to someone with COVID-19 get tested three to five days after exposure and wear a mask in public indoor settings, or until they receive a negative test. Additionally, fully vaccinated people might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission, particularly if they are immunocompromised, or at increased risk of severe disease from COVID-19, or if they have someone in their household who is immunocompromised, at increased risk of severe disease, or not fully vaccinated.
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