CDC officials recommend indoor mask use in parts of Arizona

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Arizona, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials are recommending that people wear masks indoors in nine Arizona counties where the disease has spread at community is high.


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The recommendation covers the following counties:

  • apache
  • Coconino
  • Gila
  • La Paz
  • maricope
  • Mohave
  • Navajo
  • pinal
  • Yavapai

In its weekly COVID-19 update on June 29, Arizona Department of Health Services officials added more than 16,000 new cases and 63 additional deaths. PCR test results are currently showing a 28% positivity rate, but many people are testing at home and not always reporting results.

Arizona Public Health Association executive director Will Humble said there was an increase in the number of patients hospitalized with COVID in general wards, but not in intensive care. He says it’s a good sign.

“The virus is doing a field day right now, but it’s infecting people who’ve been infected once before, at least once before, or people who’ve already been vaccinated, and so it’s not causing very bad results,” Humble said.

Humble, however, also expressed doubts about increased mask use by some Arizonans.

“I support the CDC’s community levels approach. I just think it’s, at this point, almost a pie in the sky to expect more than a small fraction of people to follow these recommendations, because people are pretty exhausted about it.”

In order to protect you from possible infection, the CDC recommended :

  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces with a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when around other people
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the toilet; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • Monitor your health daily

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