The Rock County Health Department has lifted COVID-19 mask orders in the county, giving people their blessing in many public areas to go without facial masks.
In a Friday notice the health department announced that Health Officer Katrina Harwood had ordered the county to be lifted at midday in effect. The day after the new guidance was issued by the CDC, people who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 can safely resume regular activities without a mask.
Harwood said in a statement on Friday that the county lifts its own orders. She said that if a person had received the 2nd dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least two weeks ago or if it had been 2 weeks since receiving the single dose of Johnson & Johnson jab studies revealed that in many cases it is safe to stop wearing the mask.
“We are now removing the mask order because more of our residents have been vaccinated, so that these people can use the benefits of being vaccinated. We encourage everyone to be vaccinated whenever possible. We realise that many people still have questions and concerns, which is normal. If you are not sure if the vaccine is right for you, please contact your doctor,” said Harwood in a statement.
The COVID vaccine is available free of charge and available to all 12 and older residents.
Statewide, about 39% of Wisconsin residents have been vaccinated by the Health Services Department.
According to state health data, a smaller proportion of the population in Rock County, some 34%, were fully vaccinated.
The percentage of those considered totally COVID vaccinated in Rock County is slightly greater than the national average for full vaccinated, which was approximately 32 percent of the total U.S. residents earlier this week.
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