CDC flags Florida counties for facemask protocol

CDC flags 23 Florida counties for facemask protocol as COVID-19 cases rise. See which counties are affected and the recommended precautions to keep yourself and others safe. Get the latest updates here.

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According to the CDC, 23 of Florida's 67 counties are now considered high community-level COVID locations, and wearing a mask indoors in public is advised. The total has risen from 10 counties at the start of the week.


On the list now are Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe, Palm Beach, Martin, Indian River, Brevard, St. Lucie, Flagler, Orange, Volusia (Florida), Seminole (Florida), Lake (Florida), Sumter (Florida), Hernando (FL) Manatee. 

The virus hasn't spread much beyond Florida's borders. The CDC advises residents of these counties to follow the procedures wherein COVID-19 vaccines should be kept track of, and if you have symptoms, get tested. Get vaccinated if necessary, and wear a mask when going about in public areas.

Individuals at higher risk for severe disease may need additional precautions.

Transmission is rated "high" in nearly all of Florida's counties as well as the majority of US population centres defined as new cases per 100,000 persons in the previous 7 days of 100 or more, or as Percentage of positive NAATs tests during the past 7 day 10% or more.

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