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Health Department Offers Update On Mask Mandate

Washington County Health Department- On May 13, 2021, CDC updated their recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People. Someone is considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after they have received their second dose of Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or 2 weeks after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.  IDPH has updated their public health recommendations to match the CDC recommendations.

It has been determined that fully vaccinated people have a reduced risk of transmitting or contracting COVID-19.

Fully vaccinated people can now:

  • Resume activities without wearing masks or distancing in non-healthcare settings, except where laws, rules, and regulations apply, including businesses and workplaces. Congregate settings (correctional facilities, shelters) should continue masking and schools should continue to follow CDC’s school guidance at this time.
  • Resume domestic travel without testing or self-quarantining before or after travel. At this time, masks are still required on public transportation.
  • Refrain from testing before international travel (unless required by the destination) and self-quarantine after return to the United States.
  • Refrain from quarantine following a known exposure as long as long as not having symptoms.

It is still strongly recommended that people who are not fully vaccinated to wear masks and distance to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

 Anyone who has COVID symptoms should get tested and anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will need to isolate for at least 10 days, regardless of vaccination status.

 The complete CDC guidance document can be found at:

Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People | CDC

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