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St. Joseph County Health Dept. rescinds mask mandate

Updated: May. 13, 2021 at 6:20 PM EDT
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ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. (WNDU) - The St. Joseph County Health Department has rescinded its mask mandate.

The move comes after the CDC said Thursday that vaccinated people do not need to wear a mask inside or outside.

The mask mandate was supposed to be in effect until May 27 but is now over.

We spoke with the county health department, and they say now is the right time to make the move away from mask wearing, if you are fully vaccinated.

Nationally, COVID metrics are trending in the right direction, showing positive progress in the vaccine effort.

As for local businesses, we’re told it’s up to them to continue requiring masks or not.

Dr. Mark Fox says that if you are vaccinated, you have adequate protection from the virus and variants.

But with over half the county not vaccinated, he’s worried about a spike in cases.

“More than half of St. Joe County is not yet vaccinated and so our risk is greater because of that, you know Michigan they laid out their framework for rolling back COVID safety requirements based on the proportion of the population that has been vaccinated, that has a sound basis to it. I do have some concern that we’ll see an increase in cases as we roll back the mask mandate because not yet enough of the community is vaccinated,” he says.

As a reminder, if you are immune compromised, or have questions about wearing a mask or not, health officials say you should consult your primary care doctor.

St. Joseph County mask order is rescinded effective immediately.
St. Joseph County mask order is rescinded effective immediately.(St. Joseph County Health Dept.)

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