The DeKalb County Health Department is recommending that everyone wear masks in indoor public settings, such as stores or gyms, as the county has reached a substantial level of COVID-19 spread.
The health department says the recommendation is consistent with new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance that says that a case rate of 55 per 100,000 people is considered substantial. The health department says the risk is enhanced because less than 40 percent of the eligible population in the county is vaccinated against COVID-19. The health department says that risk extends to children who are under twelve-years-old who are not able to be vaccinated yet.
The health department is also recommending social distancing, frequent hand washing, staying home when sick, and sanitizing frequently touched surfaces.
There are several options to receive a COVID-19 vaccine including from the DeKalb County Health Department Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 to 3:30, no appointment necessary. The health department is at 2550 Annie Glidden Road in DeKalb. People can also get vaccines from their healthcare providers and from some local pharmacies.
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