MADISON (WKOW) – Just hours after the CDC issued new guidelines on masking, Dane County did the same and “highly” recommended the use of masks indoors regardless of vaccination status.
In a press release from the City of Madison, Public Health Madison and Dane County Director Janel Heinrich said that the rapid spread of the Delta variant led to this decision.
“This is why we strongly recommend that everyone aged 2 and older, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask in indoor public spaces and at indoor private gatherings,” Heinrich said in the release.
While Dane County is experiencing an upward trend in COVID-19 cases, it is not yet on the recommendation set by the CDC.
“We are taking these steps now in an effort to stay ahead of this curve,” said Dane County Executive Joe Parisi. “Being proactive will give our county the best chance of staying at the lower transmission level and protecting people who are not vaccinated and the most vulnerable, including immunocompromised people, people over 65 and children under 12.”
Dane County has the highest vaccination rate in Wisconsin and hits 70% of residents with at least one vaccine on Monday. In the last two weeks, the seven-day average of recently confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state has been steadily rising. As of Tuesday, the average is 419, after 983 new cases have been added.
According to the PHMDC, the seven-day average for daily confirmed cases of the delta variant is around 31. Just a month ago, it was around eight.