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14 Minnesota counties fall under new federal mask recommendation, for now


David Joles - Star Tribune file

The CDC on Tuesday recommended that fully vaccinated people should resume mask-wearing in public indoor spaces in areas of the country with substantial and high COVID-19 transmission.

State health and education officials are reviewing a new federal mask-wearing recommendation for all people, regardless of vaccination status, in K-12 schools and counties with high or substantial levels of viral transmission.

The guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday was in response to a COVID-19 wave fueled by the delta variant of the coronavirus that has caused widespread infections in other states and appears to be emerging in Minnesota.

Fourteen Minnesota counties had infection rates Tuesday that were high enough to trigger the federal mask recommendation, including Scott County in the Twin Cities area. The other 13 are smaller counties with rates that can fluctuate widely from week to week.


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