GREENSBORO, N.C. — Tuesday, the CDC released new guidance that says anyone living in a community with substantial or high transmission of coronavirus should be wearing a mask indoors again. That includes fully vaccinated people and pretty much everyone in the Triad.
According to the CDC map, the only places in our viewing area where fully vaccinated people don't have to worry about wearing a mask again indoors again, are Rockingham and Alleghany counties.
In Guilford, Forsyth, Davidson, Randolph and several other Triad counties, the new CDC guidance means folks there should mask up again.
The head of the CDC said they have to make the changes because of the large number of vaccinated people and the Delta variant.
“In rare occasions, some vaccinated people infected with Delta after vaccination may be contagious and spread the virus to others. This new science requires us to update our guidelines," CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said.
It is important to note that these are just recommendations. Just like before, the CDC is leaving it up to each state to set its own rules. Gov. Roy Cooper's office told WFMY News 2 he is reviewing the new CDC guidelines. Throughout the pandemic, Cooper's decisions have very closely followed the CDC's recommendations.
As North Carolina's current mask mandate is set to expire Friday, the governor's COVID-19 task force is expected to meet Thursday. We'll keep you posted.