Pima County now at medium COVID transmission status
TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Pima County’s COVID transmission status has been upgraded to medium, meaning the masks are no longer recommended for indoor settings by the CDC.
This will be the first time that the CDC has not recommended wearing masks inside, including in schools, since July 2021.
This update comes after Pima County’s mask mandate or all indoor spaces expired on Monday, Feb. 28. The mandate was passed as the omicron variant began to surge, and county health officials said it was mostly symbolic.
Pima County Superintendent Dustin Williams said Thursday. his office did not have any authority over the mask requirements in each district in the county, but he anticipated many districts would soon make masks optional. He said he supported each district in whichever route they took.
“Some kids and families feel they still need to wear masks, and we want to support them,” Williams said in a phone interview.
On Monday, Amphitheater Public Schools leaders announced their indoor mask requirement had ended.
Tucson Unified School District’s governing board plans to review its mask policy and CDC guidelines at a meeting next Tuesday.
Masks had been optional at Marana Unified School District since September, a spokesperson from the district said.
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