No new Eau Claire County mask mandate despite Delta variant spread

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Some places across the country are already requiring everyone to mask up because of the COVID-19 Delta Variant.

However, don’t expect Eau Claire County’s mask mandate to return soon. First News At Nine’s Max Cotton has more.

Eau Claire City-County Health Department Director Lieske Giese said Eau Claire County won’t soon be following suit.

“Our very best strategy continues to be to get our population vaccinated,” she said. “Our focus right now continues to be on that. We will watch with CDC and the state about whether or not other mitigation strategies are need. Right now, we’re counting on vaccination.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people who are fully vaccinated, meaning they completed their vaccine series at last two weeks prior, don’t need to wear masks in most indoor or outdoor settings.

Based on the CDC’s recommendation, Giese has a simple message for those who aren’t fully vaccinated yet, mask up.

“People that are not vaccinated are at risk of spreading COVID-19 and even more at risk now that we have Delta variant spreading widely in Wisconsin,” she said.

While not perfect, Giese said masks and social distancing are the best way to slow the spread of the virus.

She also said regardless of whether there’s a mask mandate, people need to do the right thing, get vaccinated, or wear a mask in public.

“We certainly hope at the health department and in this community that people are honest and understand that it’s not just about a risk to themselves but a risk to the community if they’re choosing to not get vaccinated and choosing to not wear a mask when out in public,” Giese said.

The Centers for Disease Control says people who are fully vaccinated don’t need to wear masks indoors or outdoors in most settings.

In Eau Claire, Max Cotton, First News at Nine.

Health experts say while the delta variant spreads quicker than COVID-19’s original strain. Data shows the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson vaccines work against this form of the virus.

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