Masking recommended again as COVID-19 rises anew in Wisconsin – Wisconsin Examiner

Sixteen counties in the state, including the three most populous, have a “high community level” of COVID-19 under standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC guidelines recommend that in counties with a high community level, everyone should wear a mask indoors when they aren’t at home, regardless of whether they’ve had the COVID-19 vaccine or boosters.

The CDC updates its county-by-county community level ratings for COVID-19 every Thursday. The new list of counties with a high community level includes Milwaukee, Dane and Brown counties; the rest are Barron, Columbia, Door, Eau Claire, Grant, Green, Iowa, Kenosha, Portage, Richland, Rock, Rusk and Sawyer counties. Together they are home to  2.57 million people — 43% of Wisconsin’s total population.

It’s just a reminder that COVID hasn’t gone away. It’s getting worse, and whatever we’re doing now isn’t working.

– Ajay Sethi, University of Wisconsin epidemiologist

“When we get that high community level CDC indicator, that’s when community-wide masking is really necessary,” said Ajay Sethi, a University of Wisconsin epidemiologist. Even at lower community levels of COVID-19,  “people who are especially vulnerable to severe disease should always be wearing their mask indoors,” he added.

 

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