As the nation grapples with a surge of COVID-19 cases triggered by the highly transmissible delta variant, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends that all people, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors in areas with “high” or “substantial” COVID-19 transmission.
According to the latest CDC data, none of Maryland’s counties are considered areas of “high” or “substantial” COVID-19 transmission.
The CDC also recommends that teachers, staff, students, and visitors inside all K-12 schools wear masks — even if they are fully vaccinated.
“CDC recommends localities encourage universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status,” the CDC wrote in a summary of the new guidance. “Children should return to full-time in-person learning in the fall with proper prevention strategies are in place.”