Mask Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Individuals


Mask Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Individuals

May 24, 2021


The COVID-19 mitigation guidance and recommendations have evolved through the course of the pandemic over the past 18 months.  Measures such as masking, physical distancing, hand hygiene/cleaning and disinfection remain important and effective tools for us in this pandemic response. Another critical mitigation tool is robust uptake of a safe and effective vaccine. When the majority of citizens are vaccinated, it offers protection for those who are vaccinated, the entire community and especially to those who cannot be vaccinated. The message is clear… we encourage everyone to get vaccinated against COVID-19


As a result of the protection offered by vaccination, individuals who are fully vaccinated can begin returning to normal activities. The basic message is that gathering with others without masks or distancing is supported by science for fully vaccinated persons in certain situations.


On Thursday May 13, the CDC released updated guidance announcing that fully vaccinated people can resume activities they did before the pandemic, including participating in indoor and outdoor activities – large or small – without wearing a mask or physically distancing. Fully vaccinated people can also refrain from testing following a known exposure unless they are residents or employees of a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter.


A person is considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 if it has been two or more weeks since they got the second dose in a two-dose series (Pfizer or Moderna), or one dose of a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson).


Important Exceptions to Updated Mask Guidance:

  • Health care settings
  • K-12 Schools As of now, the CDC’s school guidance remains unchanged. Most students will still be unvaccinated and schools should follow CDC’s guidance for schoolsTeachers, school administrators, and staff should continue to follow CDC’s school guidance until more people and children are vaccinated. Students and staff on buses should continue to follow all masking and physical distancing guidelines.
  • Places where masks are required by local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including: local businesses and workplaces
  • Residents and employees of correctional and detention facilities and homeless shelters
  • Travelers on all planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations


Mask wearing, regardless of vaccination status, continues to be an important COVID-19 mitigation strategy in schools, correctional facilities, homeless shelters, and other settings where additional regulations exist. This includes wearing a mask when traveling into, within, or out of the United States.


These recommendations recognize science that shows when vaccinated people are together, the risk of disease transmission is very low. This updated guidance also reflects scientific consensus on the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines against circulating strains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are more than 90% effective in real-world settings in preventing mild and severe disease, hospitalization, and death. 


Additional Mitigation Measures: Physical Distancing; Hand Hygiene, Cover Your Cough, Stay Home When Ill, and Cleaning and Disinfection Best Practice.

The benefit of physical distancing, hand hygiene, cough etiquette, staying home if ill and cleaning and disinfection are best practice regardless of vaccination status continues to be important in reducing disease transmission and keeping people healthy. The Iowa County Health Department encourages every citizen continue the maintenance of these practices. It is important to be aware and considerate of persons in our communities who cannot be vaccinated due to current ineligibility because of age or medical reason, or who may have a medical condition or an immune system that may not have mounted as strong of an immune response from the vaccine. 


We encourage and support businesses and organizations who maintain mitigation measures and reinforce messaging that supports use of these safeguards.  For example, electing to limit attendance or occupancy to promote physical distancing.


It is up to businesses to determine how to use this information in their operations being sure to research and understand the legal considerations and liability.


https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/participate-in-activities.html#print 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html 


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Local Disease Incidence Data:

The most recent dashboard update (5.21.21) continues to see metrics remain steady including the percentage of positive cases, at 3.5%; and the average cases reported daily metric, steady at 1.8.  A summary of this week’s metrics, can be found at https://www.iowacounty.org/departments/COVID-19 


The incidence of disease locally continues as a critical means in understanding the risk of COVID-19 in Iowa County. The status of Iowa County COVID-19 dashboard metrics and Iowa County School Capacity Indicators will continue to be tracked and monitored. 

 Key data:

  • Percent positive tests
  • Local health and response system capacity
  • Community spread 
  • Management of outbreaks
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Rates


All of the above metrics have been stable for several weeks.  In addition, trends in hospitalization data locally, regionally and statewide have been stable. 


See pages three through four of this document for Key Metrics from the Iowa County COVID-19 Data Dashboard since September, 2020. 


Vaccination Progress Continues Iowa County 

As of May 21, 2021, 54% (12,779) of Iowa County residents have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 46.1% (10,905) residents have completed the vaccine series. In addition, 89.7% age 65+ have received at least one dose of vaccine, and 86.7% are fully vaccinated. View the interactive DHS data dashboard at COVID-19 Vaccine Data  See the graph visualizing Iowa County’s progress.




Key metrics from the Iowa County COVID-19 Data Dashboard since September, 2020. 


Date dashboard was updated

Percent of  tests that are positive

Average number of cases reported per day

Average number of tests per day

Outbreaks metric

Percentage of cases contracted by community spread

School Capacity metric: new case rate per 10,000

September 8

2.0%

0.93

45.4

Red

38%

5

September 14

1.3%

0.64

49.7

Red

40%

4

September 21

2.6%

1.79

70

Red

64%

11

September 28

3.5%

3.79

107.5

Red

60%

22

October 5

4.8%

5.57

116.5

Red

51%

33

October 12

6.8%

8.21

121

Red

43%

49

October 19

7.5%

11.58

153.8

Red

41%

59

October 23*

7.9%

11.35

142.9

Red

43%

67

October 30

8.4%

11.29

133.7

Red

42%

67

November 6

11.4%

16.86

148.3

Red

42%

99

November 13

14.5%

26.36

181.8

Red

41%

155

November 20

14.7%

30.14

205.7

Red

43%

178

November 27

12.5%

26.86

215.1

Red

44%

158

December 4

9.8%

16.64

169.4

Red

43%

98

December 11

8.1%

11.9

147

Red

46%

70

December 18

9.6%

14.43

150

Red

46%

85

December 28

9.3%

14.64

156.8

Red

40%

86

January 4

8.6%

11.14

129.8

Red

44%

66

January 8

8.5%

7.5

89

Red

53%

44

January 15

5.6%

5.5

97

Red

49%

32

January 22

3.8%

4.2

112

Red

36%

25

January 29

3.3%

3.4

102

Red

31%

20

February 5

2.1%

2.3

111

Red

30%

13.5

February 12

2.8%

2.9

104

Green

34%

16.8

February 19

2.8%

2.6

96

Green

44%

15.6

February 26

2%

1.7

85

Green

57%

10.1

March 5

2.4%

2.1

87

Green

77%

12.2

March 12

3.8%

3.4

90

Green

57%

20.2

March 19

5.9%

4.7

80

Green

39%

27.8

March 26

4.2%

3.4

79

Yellow

39%

19.8

April 2

2.1%

1.6

79

Yellow

39%

10

April 9

2.1%

1.6

77

Yellow

43%

10

April 16

2.6%

1.9

70

Green

48%

11

April 23

3%

2.1

72

Green

52%

12.6

April 30

3%

2.1

69

Green

41%

12.2

May 7

2.8%

1.7

62

Green

42%

10.1

May 14

3.2%

1.8

56

Green

52%

10.5

May 21

3.5%

1.8

52

Green

46%

10.5



Important Sources of Information


https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html 


COVID-19 Vaccine Resources 


Social Media sites:

Iowa County Public Health on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/iowacountyhealthdepartment/

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Iowa County Emergency Management on Twitter - https://twitter.com/ICEMWI

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