TCHD Endorses New CDC Masking Guidelines

    The Taney County Health Department endorses the Center for Disease Controls announcement that full vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear masks or physically distance except in locations that still require it.

    The Health Department Friday in a release states that the national trends in successful vaccinations and of vaccinated individuals not getting asymptomatic.

    The release does state that immunocompromised individuals should consult with their physician regarding mask use even if fully vaccinated.

    The Taney County Health Department does have vaccines available. Contact information is with the complete release below:

    The Taney County Health Department (TCHD) has endorsed The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s announcement that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks or physically distance except where required. TCHD does want to remind the public that masking should still be observed when required by law and in all businesses and workplaces that require masking for entry.
    This announcement is based on recent scientific data showing that:
    - Case rates in the country have come down by 1/3 likely due to the scale up vaccinations in the
    last 2 weeks
    - New science is showing that the vaccine is working in the real world setting just as well as it did
    in the trials, and it is effective against the variants
    - The science is showing that fully vaccinated people are not getting asymptomatic COVID and are
    not transmitting it to unvaccinated people
    - The vaccine is now available to everyone who is eligible to receive one
    “Nearly 120 Million Americans are now fully vaccinated. All science-based evidence points to
    vaccination being the safest and most effective way for Americans to return to normal life.” states Lisa Marshall, Director of the Taney County Health Department, “Vaccines work and they replace the need for vaccinated individuals to wear a mask and social distance.”
    The vaccinated community is asked to continue to respect local businesses' choice to keep policies in place that require masking as a means to protect their business, their employees, and their patrons. In many cases, refusing to wear a mask in these establishments may qualify as trespassing even for vaccinated individuals. Additionally, fully vaccinated individuals may choose to continue to wear a mask when out in public.
    The CDC recommends that immunocompromised individuals consult with their physician regarding mask use even if they are fully vaccinated.
    Fully vaccinated individuals should continue to get tested if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and follow CDC recommendations and guidelines.
    Vaccines are readily available through the Taney County Health Department, for more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 417-334-4544 ext 570 visit our website at, or like our FaceBook, Instagram and Pinterest pages.

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