Where you should wear one, where it’s recommended – NBC Chicago

Although COVID mitigation strategies have largely been rolled back in the United States, there are still places where masks are still recommended, if not required.

Masking warrants were eliminated earlier this year in most states as the number of cases linked to the omicron push began to drop. In Illinois, that mandate was lifted in late February, and cases continued to decline through most of March.

Cases have since started to rise, but officials at multiple levels of government say they are confident a “surge” will not occur due to the BA.2 subvariant, and said masking requirements should only not come back anytime soon.

Even still, there are still situations where residents are required to wear face coverings, and there are four counties in Illinois where masks are recommended under standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Here’s what you need to know.

Where are masks still mandatory?

In accordance with requirements issued by the Ministry of Transport, masks are still required at airports and on planes, as well as on buses, trains and ride-sharing vehicles.

It’s possible the requirement will be lifted on flights as early as April 19, but the White House could still potentially extend the federal mask mandate for a longer period as cases increase due to the ‘stealth’ subvariant. omicron”.

Even still, there are legal challenges to the requirement, and some airline CEOs have called on the Biden administration to end mask mandates.

Where are masks still recommended in Illinois?

The CDC recommends that masks be worn in areas at “high” risk for COVID transmission. The department is now tracking these recommendations on a county-by-county basis, and a total of 19 counties across the United States are currently in this risk category.

Officials say four of those counties, Saline, Gallatin, Pope and Hardin, currently fall within that range in Illinois. The four counties are clustered in the southern tip of Illinois, and all are seeing an increase in COVID cases in recent days.

Edgar County, a county near Champaign had experienced a “moderate” transmission rate of COVID, has since fallen back to a “low” transmission rate, according to IDPH.

In the United States, 19 counties are experiencing “high” COVID transmission rates. Of these, six are in South Dakota, three in New York, and four in Illinois.

Two counties in Nebraska also have a “high” transmission rate of the virus.

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