Now that CDC has relaxed the requirements for masking for the public based on community levels of COVID-19, how does that affect healthcare settings?

CDC’s new COVID-19 Community Levels recommendations do not apply in healthcare settings, such as hospitals and nursing homes.

Healthcare settings should use community transmission rates for monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to follow the CDC Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel during COVID-19 and Interim Guidance for Managing Healthcare Personnel with exposure to or testing positive for COVID-19 as long as the pandemic is still active.

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