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NY, LA Among Cities Joining Rural Areas in Mask Zone

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CDC Tells Some Vaccinated People to Mask Up as Delta Surges

It’s not just Arkansas and Louisiana, where the delta variant has been raging, that are affected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new recommendation for vaccinated people to mask indoors in some parts of the country. Most major U.S. urban areas also fall under the scope of the advisory.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky told Americans Tuesday to consult the agency’s county-level map of transmission rates to determine whether they need to be masking indoors if they have already been inoculated against Covid-19. In locations with “high” or “substantial” transmission rates, it’s best if people mask indoors regardless of vaccination status, she said.