The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed its masking recommendations Tuesday to urge all vaccinated and unvaccinated Americans to resume wearing masks indoors in public spaces in certain areas of the country where the virus is spreading rapidly.
Nearly two-thirds of the nation’s counties have high or substantial transmission of COVID-19, according to CDC data.
The announcement comes just two months after the CDC last revised its mask recommendations for vaccinated people. The CDC has maintained throughout that those who are not vaccinated should continue to wear masks.
In Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear lifted all restrictions June 11 for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. With the spread of the new delta variant and a sharp increase in cases, Beshear has recently release new guidance suggesting unvaccinated Kentuckians and those at greater risk should return to wearing masks and on Monday he released recommendations about unvaccinated students and adults wearing a mask in classrooms as Kentuckians return to school.
The governor has not yet released a response to the new guidance from the CDC but will likely do so at his daily COVID-19 press briefing at 4 PM ET.
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