As COVID surges nationwide, some cities consider return to masking indoors
July 18, 2022 - The United States is experiencing another spike in COVID-19 due to the highly transmissible BA.5 variant, prompting some regions to consider reinstating indoor masking rules.
In Rhode Island, data from the Health Department shows all five counties are considered to be in the “low” category when it comes to COVID-19 community levels. The weekly metric, determined by the CDC, is updated every Friday.
But across the country, COVID is spreading rapidly, with about 75% of Americans living in high or medium COVID risk areas.
The latest COVID-19 surge nationwide is driven by the highly transmissible BA.5 variant, which now accounts for 65% of cases, with its cousin BA.4 contributing another 16%. The variants have shown a remarkable ability to get around the protection offered by vaccination.
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