Hawaii Will Keep Mask Mandate Despite New CDC Guidelines
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlined the new set of Covid-19 measures on Friday. That means that most Americans are now in places where healthy people, including students in schools, can safely take a break from wearing masks under the new guidelines.
The new system greatly changes the look of the CDC’s risk map and puts more than 70% of the U.S. population in counties where the Covid-19 poses a low or medium threat to hospitals. Those are the people who can stop wearing masks, the agency said.
But Hawaii will not be one of those places. Gov. David Ige said that the state will not be following the new CDC guidance on masks and will keep its indoor mask requirement in place, at least for now.
“Hawaii will keep the indoor mask mandate for now, he said. “We are watching disease activity across the state and globally, especially as other changes are made to current programs across the U.S. and at the county level. We will adjust accordingly.”
That would make Hawaii the lone state in the nation with a statewide mask mandate.
As of Friday, there were 103 people with COVID in Hawaii hospitals. That’s down from a peak of 473 in September. That number also includes people who are in the hospital for other reasons and have tested positive, Hawaii News Now reports.
“The CDC eliminated its mask recommendation once before but was forced to reinstate the indoor mask requirement when the Delta variant caused a spike in cases'” Gov. David Ige said “Hawaii kept its indoor mask requirement in place during that time, protecting residents and preventing the rapid spread of the virus, resulting in the second lowest COVID fatality rate in the country.”
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