Masking Guidelines Explained in YouTube Live Conference by Cook County Department of Public Health Co-Lead Dr. Rachel Rubin

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Dr. Rachel Rubin, Co-Lead of the Cook County Department of Public Health,speaks with the media regarding CCDPH’s guidance on masking (Begins 22:00). YouTube Tips ⓘ

The Cook County Department of Public Health introduced a new guidance for universal masking for all people regardless of vaccination status.

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Cook County, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Guidelines, has reached a category “significant level” of new cases on a daily basis with more than 50 people identified with new cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people in the population.




Dr. Rachel Rubin also recommended that people with an underlying immune compromising condition who are outdoors in a crowded space should wear a mask, and that nobody should be ostracized or discouraged from masking if they are outside in any situation.

Mask wearing was recommended but not mandated by the Cook County Department of Health on Friday, July 30, 2021.

The City of Chicago Department of Public Health also provided a recommendation — but no mandate — stating everyone should wear a mask regardless of vaccination status.

According to a CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) reported Friday, July 30, 2021, during July 2021, 469 cases of COVID-19 associated with multiple summer events and large public gatherings in a town in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, were identified among Massachusetts residents. Vaccination coverage among eligible Massachusetts residents was 69%. Approximately three quarters (346; 74%) of cases occurred in fully vaccinated persons (those who had completed a 2-dose course of mRNA vaccine [Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna] or had received a single dose of Janssen [Johnson & Johnson] vaccine ≥14 days before exposure). Genomic sequencing of specimens from 133 patients identified the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in 119 (89%) and the Delta AY.3 sublineage in one (1%). Overall, 274 (79%) vaccinated patients with breakthrough infection were symptomatic. Among five COVID-19 patients who were hospitalized, four were fully vaccinated; no deaths were reported.




On July 27, 2021 CDC released recommendations that all persons, including those who are fully vaccinated, should wear masks in indoor public settings in areas where COVID-19 transmission is high or substantial. Findings from this investigation suggest that even jurisdictions without substantial or high COVID-19 transmission might consider expanding prevention strategies, including masking in indoor public settings regardless of vaccination status, given the potential risk of infection during attendance at large public gatherings that include travelers from many areas with differing levels of transmission.

The CDC stated that event organizers and local health jurisdictions should continually assess the need for additional measures, including limiting capacity at gatherings or event postponement, based on current rates of COVID-19 transmission, population vaccination coverage, and other factors.

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