Governors in several states have begun loosening COVID-19 restrictions as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued lesser mandates.
As COVID-19 numbers have continued to decline, the CDC has determined new guidelines. According to Newsweek, the CDC determined U.S. counties to be either “low,” “medium,” and “high” risk.
Greta Massetti, a CDC epidemiologist, said in a video on Friday, “This tool uses an updated framework to better understand the risk COVID-19 poses to our communities and to focus our recommendations on minimizing severe disease, limiting strain on the health care system, enabling those at highest risk to protect themselves against infection and severe disease.”
Governors have been easing masking and other restrictions on and off over the past two years. The CDC is now responding to recent adjustments.
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker said in a statement Friday, “We are now seeing the fastest rate of decline in our COVID-19 hospitalization metrics since the pandemic began. If these trends continue – and we expect them to – then on Monday, February 28th, we will lift the indoor mask requirement for the state of Illinois.”
New York Governor Kathy Hochul also stated on Twitter that she is considering the CDC’s guidance.
California Governor Gavin Newsom announced Friday he would lift a large portion of COVID-19 mandates in light of a shifting direction in the state. Newsom will be scaling back some of his executive orders that have been in place for two years. Other governors will likely follow suit if they have not already.
ARTICLE: JILLIAN WEIDNER
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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