The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated the guidance for mask-wearing. Regardless of vaccination status, masks in indoor areas are now recommended in areas with substantial and high virus transmission.
The CDC has determined that Montrose County is an area with substantial COVID transmission, which means that the recommendation applies here. Delta County is also an area with substantial transmission and Mesa County is classified as the highest level.
Montrose County is seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases, specifically the new Delta variant.
The level of community transmission is determined by the rate of new cases per 100,000 residents over the previous week and the percent positivity rate of tests.
The threshold for “substantial transmission” is a seven-day average of 50 new cases per 100,000 and/or a test positivity rate of at least 8%. Over the past week, new cases were identified at a rate of 75 per 100,000.
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said that ”this was not a decision that was taken lightly.” Vaccinated people are still well-protected but can still spread the virus to others.
Wearing masks in schools is also now recommended for all students and staff regardless of vaccination status, which is a significant change from the updated guidance issued on July 9 that only recommended masks for unvaccinated individuals.
Montrose County School District is expected to announce the district-wide mask policy and CO…