In communities reporting at least 50 new cases per 100,000 people in seven days, the new guidance encourages wearing masks indoors. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, such hotspots can be found all over the United States, but particularly in Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana.
As of Friday, Hawaii, Nevada, and Washington, D.C. have indoor mask laws in effect for fully vaccinated people, Fox News reports.
The CDC’s announcement is in sharp contrast to the administration’s May statement that fully vaccinated people might stop wearing masks and return their normal lives.
“That was true at the time,” Biden told Peter Doocy of Fox News on Thursday when asked about the flip-flop “Because I thought there were people that were going to understand that getting vaccinated made a dramatic difference. And what happened was the new variant came along, they didn’t get vaccinated, it spread more rapidly, and more people were getting sick.”
Meanwhile, Florida’s Ron DeSantis and Texas’ Greg Abbott, both Republicans, have enacted mask mandate bans.
“The path forward relies on personal responsibility rather than government mandates,” in a statement, Abbott stated.
Despite the recent CDC guidance and the liberal rush to reinstall mask regulations, people throughout the country have expressed their disapproval.
“Joe Biden wants to mandate that federal employees must get the vaccine,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) adding, “Who the heck is the federal government to tell people they must stick a needle in their arm?”
Cruz said he and his family had been vaccinated, but they had done it of their own will.
Some Democrats, notably Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, have objected to the new mask mandate. The latter said he would wait for additional information from the CDC.
According to the CDC, vaccinated people can still transfer the more dangerous Delta strain, which currently accounts for 83% of new infections in the United States.
“They said it’s a rare occasion,” Former Assistant Secretary of Health and former four-star admiral Brett Giroir told Fox News’ Charles Payne on Wednesday. “If it’s rare, 1%, or 0.1%, then you don’t need to mask, and you shouldn’t recommend that. If it’s 20 or 30%, then what they said makes sense.”
He later noted, however, that unvaccinated people were at high risk for the Delta variant.
“Anyone who’s not vaccinated and who did not have COVID previously, the Delta variant is so contagious that you’re going to get it,” he told “America Reports” on Thursday.
A New York Times data analyst from the Department of Health and Human Services shows 57 COVID-19 cases on a seven-day rolling average in the nation’s capital in July, with only one coronavirus death.
The Census Bureau reports, Washington, D.C. has a population of over 692,000 people. In addition, both the White House and the United States House of Representatives have returned to indoor masking.
State health officials in Hawaii, which has a population of more than 1.4 million people, reported a 186-case rolling average for the past two weeks on Thursday.
As of Thursday, Nevada, which has a population of more than 3 million people, had 870 new daily cases and seven daily deaths on average over the previous 14 days. Yet, within hours of the CDC’s latest guidance release, Gov. Steve Sisolak declared that the indoor mask law will be reinstated.
Los Angeles County has more than 10 million people, and it recorded 3,248 new cases and 17 deaths on Thursday. Officials there reintroduced the mask requirement for indoor public venues almost two weeks ago.