RICHMOND, Va. - Governor Northam has released some updates on his guidance for masks indoors, following the CDC now recommending people who are vaccinated against COVID-19 wear masks indoors in parts of the U.S. where the coronavirus is surging.
On Thursday, Northam tweeted saying "All Virginians should consider wearing a mask in public indoor settings where there is increased risk of COVID-19 transmission, as the new CDC guidance recommends."
Now, Northam is recommending that all people, regardless of vaccination status wear masks indoors in public where COVID-19 cases are on the rise. Several areas in Hampton Roads are in the high threshold, including Virginia Beach and Chesapeake.
Northam said, "We know the vaccines work—since January, over 98% of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths have been among unvaccinated Virginians. But we are now seeing a rise in cases due to the Delta variant. VDH reported more than 1,110 new cases today, up from less than 200 a month ago."
Northam added, "This is not a requirement, but a recommendation," when talking about masks indoors.
Masks are effective at preventing the spread of #COVID19, but getting vaccinated is the surest way we can bring this pandemic to an end. All three vaccines are safe, effective, and free.— Governor Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) July 29, 2021
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