“High” COVID transmission in Kenosha and Racine counties, CDC recommends masks – NBC Chicago

According to updated measures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 90% of Americans can safely do without masks in indoor public places as of Thursday.

However, those in Kenosha and Racine counties of Wisconsin are not included, as they are still advised to wear face coverings.

According to an update of county-by-county community levels from the CDC, Kenosha and Racine counties are listed as having high levels of COVID transmission. In these areas, people are advised to wear masks in public indoor spaces, including schools, and to take extra precautions if there is a risk of serious illness.

Last week, the CDC amended mask guidelines and announced a change in measures that relies less heavily on COVID-19 cases and gives more weight to hospitalizations and hospital capacity. The guidance is divided into three color coded levels.

Residents of green and yellow counties, with low and medium COVID levels, respectively, do not need to wear masks. However, people in yellow counties who are at high risk of serious illness from COVID should speak with their doctor about whether they should wear a mask or take other precautions.

The following six counties in Wisconsin would also be listed in the high transmission category: Barron, Forest, Iron, Oneida, Rusk and Vilas counties.

Six counties in Illinois have been listed as having high COVID transmission, but none are located in the Chicago area.

To learn more about the situation in your community, you can find the CDC’s community levels map by county here.

NBC Chicago

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