Shadow-lifting masked duty in Howard County’s ‘most’ government buildings – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) Howard County Executive Calvin Ball on Friday said the mask-wearing order would be lifted next week in “most” government buildings.

Face coverings will still be required on public transport and at Howard District County executive said.

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Beginning Tuesday, February 22, the duty will be lifted from all other county buildings and facilities.

Ball said the county has seen a “significant decrease” in its COVID-19 metrics, with a positivity rate now at 3.8% and a seven-day average case rate of 13 per 100,000 residents.

“With our COVID-19 metrics falling and one of the highest vaccination rates in the state, we can relax our mask-wearing mandate in government buildings,” he said. “Vaccination continues to be our best line of defense against serious illness and death. I strongly encourage our residents, who have not received their initial or booster shots, to roll up their sleeves. ”

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Ball said 89.6% of residents 5 years of age and older were fully immunized and 65.9% of eligible residents were vaccinated.

In a tweet, Ball encouraged residents who haven’t had their shots yet to schedule an appointment at a vaccination clinic.

“Immunization continues to be our best line of defense against disease and death,” he said.

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The county executive office said masks should still be used indoors for people 2 years of age and older who are not fully immunized, and “[r]People should still exercise caution in indoor public spaces, regardless of vaccination status. “

https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2022/02/18/ball-lifts-mask-mandate-in-most-howard-county-government-buildings/ Shadow-lifting masked duty in Howard County’s ‘most’ government buildings – CBS Baltimore

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