CDC Issues Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People

On July 27, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) issued public health guidance recommending that fully vaccinated individuals resume wearing a mask in public indoor settings in areas of “substantial or high transmission.” A county’s or parish’s transmission level is based on two metrics: new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people and the COVID-19 testing positivity rate, both measured over the last seven days. “Substantial” transmission is 50 to 100 cases per 100,000, or a positivity rate between 8% and 10%, and “high” transmission is 100 or more cases per 100,000 people or a positivity rate of 10% or higher. Currently, the majority of counties and parishes in the U.S. are considered to have either a substantial or high transmission rate. The CDC guidance also indicates that if a fully vaccinated individual has had a close contact with someone with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 and shows no symptoms of COVID-19, he or she need not self-isolate. However, the CDC recommends that the exposed individual take a COVID-19 test 3-5 days following the exposure and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days after the exposure or a negative test result. If a fully vaccinated person does test positive for COVID-19, the CDC recommends that the individual self-isolate for a period of 10 days following the positive test result, even if the individual displays no symptoms. Note that the CDC recommends that unvaccinated persons self-isolate for 14 days following an exposure. The full text of the updated CDC guidance can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html

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