CDC says the vaccinated should wear masks indoors in areas with high infection rates

Some 39 states have infection rates that have reached ‘substantial’ or ‘high’ levels of transmission, according to the CDC

By: - July 27, 2021 6:27 pm

Masking indoors will yet again be the new normal in Los Angeles County – and possibly elsewhere in the U.S.(Lourdes Balduque/ Moment via Getty Images/The Conversation).

As of midday on Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 986 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to more than 1.2 million since the start of the pandemic.

The agency also confirmed four new deaths, bringing the total number of fatalities since the start of the pandemic to 27,831.  Statewide, 439 people were hospitalized, with 97 people in intensive care units, the agency said in a statement. The state’ positivity rate for the week of July 16 through July 22 was 2.6 percent, the Health Department said.

The CDC’s COVID tracker showed the Keystone State with moderate levels of community transmission, with 30.5 cases per 100,000 people over the last seven days.

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Laura Olson
Laura Olson

Laura Olson covers the nation's capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom, a network of nonprofit outlets that includes Pennsylvania Capital-Star. Her areas of coverage include politics and policy, lobbying, elections, and campaign finance.