PHMDC to update public health order next week in light of CDC masking guidance

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MADISON, Wis. — Dane County health officials plan to share an updated public health order Tuesday in light of new CDC guidance that says fully vaccinated people can ditch their masks in many indoor spaces.

Public Health Madison & Dane County teased the upcoming update Thursday afternoon on Twitter, saying they’re assessing the county’s current public health order following the CDC’s updated guidance.

“People who are vax’d can be confident that rolling up their sleeve has not only helped protect them & their loved ones, but has also helped our community reopen safely,” the tweet reads. “We’re evaluating our existing orders & plan to have an update on Tuesday.”

The latest public health order from PHMDC, which went into effect May 5, allows for increased capacity indoors and lifts strict limits on outdoor gatherings, provided there’s enough space for social distancing. The order also requires masking inside indoor public spaces like restaurants and shops; it does not require masking while outdoors, but health officials said it’s recommended when social distancing isn’t possible.

As of Thursday, 61.6% of Dane County residents had received at least one dose of vaccine, and 50.8% of residents were fully vaccinated. Dane County currently leads the state in the percent of residents with at least one shot.

News 3 Now has partnered with SSM Health to host a pair of COVID vaccination events Thursday.

The events run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at two locations: the News 3 Now station parking lot at 7025 Raymond Road in Madison, along with William G. Lunney Lake Farm County Park at 4330 Libby Rd in Madison. For more information on Vaccine Day, click here.