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CDC adds just one new destination to its highest-risk category for travel

(CNN) — Vietnam was the only destination added to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's highest-risk Level 4 category for travel on Monday. The "very high" risk category still contains more destinations than all the other levels put together, with nearly 140 places now at Level 4. In early January, there were around 80 destinations listed there.
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Minneapolis Star Tribune

CDC change reflects declining COVID-19 risks in Twin Cities

Most of the Twin Cities area has been downgraded to a low COVID-19 risk level as part of a new federal tracking system that assesses community threat based on hospital burden. While Hennepin and Carver counties remain at medium risk, the rest of the seven-county metro area is listed at low risk by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
HENNEPIN COUNTY, MN

New CDC guidance in line with Minnesota’s falling COVID numbers

The Strib’s Jeremy Olson reports: New CDC guidance is in line with trends throughout the state. “The improving risk levels complement Minnesota data showing a decline in the COVID-19 omicron wave in the state. The 557 COVID-19 hospitalizations in Minnesota on Friday represented a sharp decline from 1,363 on Feb. 1 and included the lowest number of patients requiring intensive care since Aug. 2. The state’s reported positivity rate of COVID-19 testing declined from a peak of 23.5% on Jan. 10 to 6.6% in the week ending Feb. 18.”
MINNEAPOLIS, MN
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Governor Mills’ Statement on New U.S. CDC Guidance

Governor Janet Mills released the following statement today on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s updated masking guidance:. “Maine has experienced a significant and welcome decline in hospitalizations over the last several weeks, which further reinforces my belief that as the circumstances of this pandemic change, so too should our public health recommendations,” said Governor Janet Mills. “To that end, I have directed the Maine CDC to review this new Federal guidance in order to inform Maine’s own recommendations as we enter a brighter, more hopeful period and take additional steps towards normalcy. Our guidance should be simple, straightforward, and reflect our assessment of the risk the virus poses in Maine. Throughout the pandemic, Maine people have stepped up, and with our positive downward trends, it is time that they feel a sense of relief too.”
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Mask mandates at Delaware courts, schools being discontinued under new CDC guidance

Mask mandates that have long remained in some of Delaware's most public institutions are expiring this week following new federal guidance. With the revised guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control, the Delaware Judiciary announced Monday it would allow its mask policy to lapse on Wednesday, March 2, 2022.
WLKY.com

Kentucky introduces new COVID-19 guidance to match CDC's: What to know

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky is updating its COVID-19 guidance to match the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It'll focus more on hospitalizations and less on positive test numbers. The new guidelines emphasize the importance of vaccines and booster, and isolating while sick, but also...
KENTUCKY STATE
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COVID-19 by County

COVID-19 Community Levels are a new tool to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data. Levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area. Take precautions to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 based on the COVID-19 Community Level in your area.
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The Eagle Times

CDC: Masks still recommended in Sullivan County

In most parts of New Hampshire, people can shed their masks in public indoor spaces, according to new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and prevention. In all but three New Hampshire counties, the CDC suggests that residents no longer need to wear masks or social distance indoors. The federal health agency is still recommending people wear masks indoors in Grafton, Sullivan and Strafford counties, which are considered to have “high” community levels as of Feb. 24, despite state-level advice that masks aren’t needed in public settings anywhere in the state.
SULLIVAN COUNTY, NH

As the CDC shifts masking guidance, Americans are split on path forward

(CNN) — Most adults in the United States are getting back to some degree of pre-pandemic normalcy, but they're divided over concerns and expectations for what's next. Three surveys conducted in February -- from the Kaiser Family Foundation, Axios/Ipsos and the Washington Post in collaboration with ABC News -- asked adults to assess the current state of the pandemic in the United States.
U.S. POLITICS
valdostatoday.com

CDC’s Tips campaign celebrates 10th anniversary with new ads

The CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers celebrates the campaign’s 10th anniversary with new ads encouraging people to quit smoking. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Tips From Former Smokers® (Tips®) campaign, now celebrating its 10th anniversary, returns with new ads encouraging people who smoke to quit. The campaign has had significant and sustained impact over the past decade, helping more than 1 million U.S. adults to quit smoking and inspiring millions more to try to quit. Year after year, the Tips campaign has proven its effectiveness while promoting a range of quit services.
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City Announces New Face Mask Requirements After CDC Eases Guidelines

Today, the City of Phoenix updated its Face Mask Policy. Members of the public who are visiting a city facility with an appointment, can do so without having to wear a mask when Maricopa County is at a low or medium community risk level. This decision follows an announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which activated a new set of measures​ that will allow people who are healthy and living in counties where the coronavirus poses a low or medium community risk level, to stop wearing a face mask in public settings.
PHOENIX, AZ

U.S. CDC says unvaccinated travelers should avoid Hong Kong travel

WASHINGTON, Feb 28 (Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday recommended unvaccinated travelers avoid travel to Hong Kong over rising COVID-19 cases. The CDC raised its COVID-19 level for Hong Kong from Level 1: Low to Level 3: High, one level below its highest...
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Transcript for CDC Media Telebriefing: Update on COVID-19

Please Note: This transcript is not edited and may contain errors. Your browser does not support the element. JavaScript is required to play this audio. The audio file can be found atnonemedia icon. Operator:. Welcome and thank you for standing by. At this time, all participants are on listen only...
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KOLD-TV

Experts concerned after CDC changes developmental milestone for kids

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - For the first time in 20 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its developmental milestones for kids to help parents spot delays sooner. However, some experts are raising concerns as the new guidelines pushed back some benchmarks. “With all the...
TUCSON, AZ
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