The Pima County Health Department has revised its COVID-19 guidelines to “strongly recommend” mask wearing in public indoor settings regardless of vaccination status, Dr. Theresa Cullen, director of the county’s health department said Wednesday.

The change comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its masking guidance on Tuesday, recommending that even vaccinated people wear masks indoors in communities that have “substantial” or “high” levels of viral transmission.

CDC County Transmission through 07/26

The CDC COVID-19 database shows level of community transmission by county, for the period of July 20-26. Nearly 50 percent of all U.S. counties have reported more than 100 new coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents over that period (shown in red).

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Mary Glen is a North Carolina native who's excited to explore the Tucson area through her reporting with Green Valley News. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill's Hussman School of Journalism and Media in 2019.

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