You must officially wear masks again in the Hudson Valley

Mid-Hudson Valley officials are following Governor Cuomo’s request and telling everyone to put the mask back on.

The CDC recommends that fully vaccinated New Yorkers resume wearing masks indoors, in places with high or substantial COVID transmission rates.

Shortly after the CDC’s guidance on wearing masks was updated, Governor Cuomo said local governments should follow the CDC’s updated mask recommendation.

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“Local governments are following CDC guidelines on masks,” Cuomo said. “It’s up to local governments, CDC doesn’t mandate, local governments do. The state has strongly recommended (masks), but it’s up to local governments to decide.”

At present, Governor Cuomo cannot impose masks because the state of emergency is no longer in effect in New York.

“We’re not here. So it’s up to local governments. Local governments, you should adopt the CDC mask guidelines,” Cuomo repeated. “Learn from last year, don’t deny the reality. People are going to be upset no matter what you do. So show leadership and do it and save lives.”

The CDC reports that the following counties in the Hudson Valley have “high” rates of COVID transmission:

  • Dutchess County
  • Sullivan County
  • Orange County
  • Westchester County
  • Rockland County

The CDC reports that the following counties in the Hudson Valley have “substantial” rates of COVID transmission:

  • Ulster County
  • Putnam County
  • Greene County

Columbia County has “moderate” rates of COVID transmission, according to the CDC.

On Thursday evening, the Orange County Department of Health said everyone should wear a mask inside Orange County.

“As our community experiences an increase in the number of cases, in large part due to the Delta variant, the Orange County Department of Health recommends continuation of mitigation strategies that allow for reopening and safe operation. safety of schools, businesses and events. Due to the increased number of cases and the presence of the Delta variant in the county, the Orange County Department of Health strongly recommends and recommends that ALL people wear a face mask when indoors and outdoors. public, according to CDC guidelines, ”said Dr. Irina, Orange County Health Commissioner. Gelma said.

COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Orange County. The average daily number of new COVID-19 cases over the past seven days has increased by 115% in Orange County, officials said.

“About 50% of the total population of Orange County is fully vaccinated, making our community vulnerable to continued transmission of the disease. With the Delta variant present in Orange County, it is imperative that providers health care encourages and residents adhere to CDC’s disease prevention guidelines including, but not limited to, wearing masks in public and vaccinating all eligible residents to prevent the spread of COVID-19 ” , added Gelma.

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