CORRECTED: New CDC mask guidance applies to most Middle Tennessee residents
EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been corrected as of 12:03 p.m. on 7/28/21. See notes below.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (Mike Osborne ) -- The new COVID-19 mask guidance issued yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control applies to the majority of mid-state counties.
The CDC says even those vaccinated against COVID-19 should again start wearing masks in crowded, indoor settings in locations with high virus transmission rates. Currently that includes most counties here in the mid-state.
As of Wednesday morning, Cheatham, Coffee, Davidson, Dickson, Hickman, Marshall, Maury, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson counties are all on the CDC’s list of locations reporting high transmission rates.
Currently, 85 of Tennessee's 95 counties fall under the CDC's guidelines for increased mask use.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story indicated that the new CDC guidance does not apply to Davidson and Cheatham counties. That was not correct. As of this writing, Cheatham and Davidson counties are in a less severe CDC alert category called "Substantial" risk. All other counties listed above are in the CDC's "High" risk category. The new CDC mask guidelines applies to both the substantial and high risk communities. WMOT News apologizes for the mistake.