(WFSB) - People in Hartford, New Haven, and New London counties should be wearing masks indoors, regardless of their vaccination status, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
On Tuesday, the CDC came out with an update on mask guidance.
Counties with “substantial” or “high” levels of community transmission were advised to wear masks indoors.
Tuesday, no counties in Connecticut met that requirement. All were either in the blue or yellow categories.
However, 24 hours later, New London and Hartford counties reached that threshold where they were considered to have a 'substantial' level of community transmission.
On Thursday afternoon, New Haven was added to the 'substantial' category.
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"I know that’s a tough pill for a lot of people to swallow and it certainly makes me, as a public health official, a bit anxious and uneasy about things," University of New Haven Professor Anthony Santella says.
Professor Santella from the University of New Haven’s health administration and policy weighed in on how life should change for those who in these counties.
"I think everyone should err on the side of caution and go back to the things we were so used to doing last year in terms of monitoring health, wearing masks, hand hygiene," explained Santella.
While the recommendations are coming from the CDC, it’ll be up to local leaders to implement and enforce them, but so far, there’s been no action on the city or state level.
"A lot of places of employment, soon, schools and universities are waiting for that guidance. The CDC can make a recommendation all they want, but until it’s operationalized on the local level, it doesn’t mean much," noted Santella.
Even though our case count is trending in the wrong direction, with a sixty-three percent vaccination rate in our state, there’s no indication things will ever go back to the strict lockdowns seen more than a year ago.
The advice is to be vigilant.
"I hate to say take a few steps back, but that’s where we are right now. Until more people get vaccinated, this is going to be our life," added Santella.
Maritza Bond, New Haven's Director of Health said they saw their number nearly double over night. That reemergence means the county is going back to the old guidelines.
Justin Elicker, Mayor of New haven said, "I know that’s disappointing for some people, but we’ve got to keep each other safe.”
Channel 3 is also working to obtain the data from the state on the breakdown in cases between the vaccinated and unvaccinated.