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CDC relaxes masking requirements in health care settings

Under new guidance, only health care centers in high community transmission areas require providers, patients, and visitors to mask up.
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MINNEAPOLIS — On Sept. 23, the Centers for Disease Control updated their COVID-19 guidance, relaxing requirements for masking in health care centers.

Among the changes, only health care settings in areas of high COVID-19 community transmission will need to require masks among health care providers, patients, and visitors. As of Sept. 28, that currently includes 70 of Minnesota's 87 counties.

Note this is different than the CDC's community levels that are used "to determine the impact of COVID-19 on communities and take action."

The same goes for long-term care facilities. However, facilities will still need to provide guidance to visitors, such as posted signs encouraging people to stay home if they have had a positive COVID-19 test.

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Tuesday, a representative for the Minnesota Department of Health said staff is currently reviewing the CDC's updated guidance, adding, "We hope to share updated recommendations with facilities in Minnesota by the end of the week." 

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