ALBANY, NY (WROC) – Gov. Kathy Hochul is scheduled to host a COVID-19 briefing Sunday afternoon to update New Yorkers on the state’s ongoing response to the pandemic.
When announcing the lift on mask mandate for indoor public places earlier this monthsaid the governor said the state would make a decision on the school masking mandate in “early March.”
But most Americans live in places where healthy people, including students in schools, can calmly take a break from wearing masks under new U.S. guidelines released Friday.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlined a new set of community-based measures where COVID-19 eases its grip, with less focus on positive test results and more on what’s happening in hospitals.
“Anyone is certainly welcome to wear a mask at any time if they feel more comfortable wearing a mask,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky in a news briefing. “We want to make sure our hospitals are OK and that people do not come in with serious illness. Anyone can go to the CDC’s website, find out the extent of illness in their community and make that decision.”
Gov. Hochul said earlier this month that the state preferred to make a decision on school mask mandates after students returned from the February break. Most local school districts resume teaching on Monday, and the state’s mask mandate remains in place from Sunday.
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