CDC Recommends Schools Continue Mask Use

CDC Recommends Schools Continue Mask Use

SWEETWATER COUNTY — With the school year approaching quickly, Sweetwater County health officials shared the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) COVID-19 Guidelines for the reopening of K-12 schools.

Sweetwater County Public Health Officer Dr. Jean Stachon said the CDC recently released updated guidelines for schools, and they will look similar to previous guidelines.

“For reopening of schools, their recommendations are still masking,” Stachon said.

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According to the CDC’s guidelines, “masks should be worn indoors by all individuals (ages 2 and older) who are not fully vaccinated. Consistent and correct mask use by people who are not fully vaccinated is especially important indoors and in crowded settings, when physical distancing cannot be maintained.”

The CDC is also recommending schools maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between students within classrooms, combined with indoor mask wearing by people who are not fully vaccinated, to reduce transmission risk. The full list of the CDC’s recommendations can be viewed here.

Stachon also said the Wyoming Department of Health will not be coming out with any orders due to changes from the Wyoming Legislature which began on July 1.

“It will probably be based on discussion and guidance with folks at state education and the individual school boards at this point,” Stachon said. “It will be more from them than from me or the state health department.”

Stachon said she will be looking at what plans both Sweetwater County school districts come up with.