The CDC specifically noted people in school settings should wear face masks indoors despite vaccination status. The CDC's announcement came as the highly contagious delta variant spreads across the country.
"As a community, as a state, and as a country we must stay ahead of the curve. We cannot repeat last year," said Dr. Ben Weston with the Milwaukee County Office of Emergency Management and the Medical College of Wisconsin.
During a scheduled COVID-19 briefing Dr. Weston said the vaccine is effective at preventing hospitalization and death, but that does not mean you cannot get and spread the virus.
"If you get an infection, even if it's a mild infection, and even if you're not going to be hospitalized, you may very well spread that infection to other people in the community may contribute to the elevated case numbers that we're seeing," Dr. Weston said.
Dr. Weston explained the viral load in someone infected with the delta variant of coronavirus is about 1,200 times higher than the conventional variant, meaning it takes less virus to infect a person.
Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley said they will tighten mask restrictions for county employees despite their vaccine status.
Despite the pivot in mask guidance, people in Milwaukee seemed to welcome the change, though some said it was disheartening.
"I always wear my mask everywhere because like I said, you don't know who has taken the vaccine," said Atavia Goldstar.
"If it's keeping everyone protected from this virus, I think it's worth it," Anointed Williams said.
"If there's another variant out, I sure don't want to catch it. So I'll do what I can to protect myself and my friends," Cici Rube said.
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