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CDC Mask Recommendations for Some North Iowa Counties

Four north Iowa counties have been rated as “high risk” areas for COVID-19 transmission, which would make them covered by the new mask recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC updated its guidelines Tuesday for people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and is now saying even people who have been vaccinated should wear a mask indoors in public if they are in an area of “substantial or high transmission.”

Butler, Bremer, Franklin and Worth counties are considered “high risk,” which is the highest risk rating from the CDC. The next level down is “substantial risk” with Hancock the nearest county to fall into that category, High to substantial risk areas fall under the mask recommendation.

Rated as “moderate risk” are Chickasaw, Cerro Gordo, Howard, Fayette and Winnshiek counties with Floyd and Mitchell counties rated as “low risk.” Moderate to low risk areas do not fall under the CDC’s mask recommendation

The latest risk ratings are based on positivity rates for the period of July 19th through July 25th.  A link to a  color-coded map listing the COVID status of every county in the United States. 

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Mark Pitz

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