The CDC put out new guidance this afternoon for individuals who have been fully vaccinated. The new guidance says:
"If you are fully vaccinated, you can participate in many of the activities that you did before the pandemic.To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.Wearing a mask is most important if you have a weakened immune system or if, because of your age or an underlying medical condition, you are at increased risk for severe disease, or if someone in your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is unvaccinated. If this applies to you or your household, you might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission in your area.You should continue to wear a mask where required by laws, rules, regulations, or local guidance."
For unvaccinated individuals, or for those who are not yet fully vaccinated, the CDC says "you should wear a mask in indoor public places. In general, you do not need to wear a mask in outdoor settings. [But] In areas with high numbers of Covid-19 cases, consider wearing a mask in crowed outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated. [And] put 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don't live in your household."
Labette County is considered a "high" level of community transmission for Covid-19.
So, if you are fully vaccinated, I would encourage you to consider wearing a mask when you are indoors with a client, and to be considerate of other staff if they want you to wear a mask around them. For those of you unvaccinated, or not fully vaccinated yet, I would urge you to follow the guidance put out by the CDC, and noted above. It is fine with me if you wish to request the clients you are with to please wear a mask while you are with them.
It cannot be stressed enough that the best thing you can do to protect yourself from all forms of Covid-19, including the Delta variant, is to become fully vaccinated as soon as possible. Labette Center is hosting a vaccination clinic on August 3rd for clients and staff both. The Johnson and Johnson vaccine will be the vaccine used at this clinic. If you want to be vaccinated at our clinic, please let Monica know.