98% of Colorado’s population should wear masks, CDC says
DENVER (KDVR) – The list of U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Colorado counties with high or substantial rates of community transmission is growing rapidly.
Last week, the CDC released updated guidelines on mask wear recommendations. In the new guidelines, a county with a high or substantial community transmission rate should have all of its citizens masked in indoor public spaces – vaccinated or not.
The CDC categorizes community transmission “high” as any location with a 7-day cumulative incidence rate of over 100 cases per 100,000 as well as a 10% test positive percentage.
“Substantial” areas of community transmission apply to areas with between 50 and 99.99 cases per 100,000 and a test positive percentage of 8 to 9.99%.
At the time, about two-thirds of the state fell into one or the other of these brackets. As of the morning of August 4, more than four-fifths of the state’s counties qualify.
Only the counties of Bent, Crowley, Kiowa, Logan, Montezuma, Morgan, Otero, San Juan, Sedgwick, Washington and Yuma are not included.
The CDC guidelines, if implemented, would require masks for 98% of the state’s population.
State officials have not implemented new mandates on the masks, instead recommending them as wise for indoor gatherings. Locally, school districts, including Denver’s public schools, have started to impose their own mask requirements on teachers and students.
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