Change in mask wearing protocol effective Thursday, July 29, 2021
As you may be aware, The CDC announced on July 27th their recommendation to wear a mask indoors to maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possible spread of the COVID-19 virus to others if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission. Currently, Champaign County is an area of substantial transmission.
Urbana’s Mayor, Diane Marlin, put into place a requirement for everyone, vaccinated or unvaccinated, to wear masks in indoor public places in the city of Urbana. It is expected that the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District and the State of Illinois will also adopt the CDC’s recommendation that advises that everyone, regardless of vaccinated status, should wear masks indoor in public spaces.
Champaign County has seen a spike in COVID-19 cases. On June 20, 2021 there were 23 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county according to CUPHD’s website. As of yesterday, there are 279 active cases in the county with 10 hospitalized. Officials anticipate an increase COVID-19 cases over the next few weeks as students return to the University of Illinois campus.
Studies have shown that the delta variant is up to twice as transmissible than the original COVID-19 virus. While vaccines are effective against the delta variant, it is still possible to get infected and easily transmit the virus to others. Masks help lower that risk of transmission.
Given these factors, effective Thursday, July 29, 2021, Clark-Lindsey will require masks to be worn in all indoor public spaces at Clark-Lindsey. Residents will need now need to wear a mask whenever leave their apartment. Currently all visitors are required to wear a mask while in public spaces and that requirement will continue. This is not a change for visitors, but is for residents.
Masks will also be required when working out in the fitness center or when going to or leaving the aquatic center. Masks aren’t required when in the pool, but social distancing must be maintained. Wellness Center members may continue to use the Center, but will be required to follow our new mask protocols.
At this time outdoor mask requirements have not changed.
Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations.
For more information from the CDC on Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People, visit their website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html.