The Crawford County Health Department continues to strongly advise that residents wear a mask while in public spaces. Individuals should wear masks or face coverings that cover their mouth and nose when around non-household members following current State and CDC guidance. In general, this means masking when around others who are not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or are of unknown vaccination status with few exceptions (https://www.cdc.gov/.../vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html). It is important to note that businesses and schools can still require masks without a State order. For additional information visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-guidance.html
“The overturning of the State masking order today by the State Supreme Court does not mean masking and social distancing are no longer important”, said Cindy Riniker, Crawford County Health Officer. “We all want to be done with this pandemic, but we need to hang on a little longer. One important measure we can take is wearing a mask. Crawford County residents have done a terrific job with prevention measures, including mask wearing and we ask that they continue until we can get a larger percentage of folks vaccinated. We are doing good, let's not stop now”, added Riniker.
“The bottom line is that we must remain careful and diligent in the prevention measures we know work, such as mask wearing, physical distancing, avoiding large gatherings and washing our hands,” added Riniker. “We need the assistance of each citizen in continuing to be part of an effective pandemic response and thank you in advance for your continued cooperation”.
As of March 31, 2021, 31.6% (5,096) of Crawford County residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 21% (3,381) residents have completed the vaccine series. In addition, 73.6% of those age 65+ have received at least one dose of vaccine. You can view the interactive DHS data dashboard on the COVID-19 Vaccine Datapage.
It continues to be important that fully vaccinated people follow public health best practices in public spaces. This includes wearing a mask and physically distancing. Fully vaccinated people should also continue these practices when visiting unvaccinated people who are at an increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease. You can find more information at the DHS’sAfter You Get the Vaccine webpage