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A sign requires face masks outside Murphy’s bar near Wrigley Field in Chicago.

For more than a year, we’ve been trained to follow the science on COVID-19 transmission: Stay 6 feet apart, wash your hands, wear a mask.

So now that science from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates we can drop masks if we’re vaccinated, we should expect to move through our daily lives maskless in most settings – and without side-eye. If you’re vaccinated, the science says you can’t spread the disease, and the chances of getting sick are extremely low.

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Lanivan

It should be noted that here in Ottawa County, while cases, deaths, and hospitalizations are decreasing, the 14-day average of the test positivity rate of infection is still very high - 12%. This rate is of people that have been tested, suggesting that it is actually much higher among the untested population at large. And only 38% of the population in Ottawa County is fully vaccinated.

Updated May 21.

edwards1

Thanks for the update, It's always nice to hear from an expert,

Lanivan

Oops! Sorry - I meant to give the source. Thanks for the reminder. And while I'm at it, the numbers have changed somewhat.

14-day average of the test positivity rate of infection is coming down from 12% to 10%.

The percentage of the Ottawa County population who are fully vaccinated (two weeks after 2nd shot) has gone up from 38% to 39% - still not good but better than nothing. Still not great - Please Ottawa County neighbors, get vaccinated as soon as you are able! Only when the percentage of people getting vaccinated will we be rid of this pandemic!

Updated May 25. NEW YORK TIMES DATA FOR OTTAWA COUNTY, MI

Lanivan

Edit: "Only when the percentage of people getting vaccinated increases will we be rid of this pandemic!

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