Next Steps To Come, Governor Baker Says State Is Reviewing New CDC Guidance


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Gloucester, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new mask guidance as concerns grow over the Delta variant of Covid-19.

This new guidance is set to help states, like Massachusetts, combat the spread. Governor Charlie Baker was asked on Wednesday if the state will be following the revised mask guidance.

"We have a lot of experts in this community, and they have many different opinions on this stuff and we're talking to many of them, and we'll be back to folks shortly," said Baker.

The new guidance advises people to wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status, where virus transmission is high. Back in May, the CDC eased guidance and said fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask.

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"I think the most important thing we should all do is read the CDC guidance, look for them to provide us with information and data that supports the recommendations," said Baker.

At an event earlier in the day on Wednesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders said that the governor will be announcing the state's next steps later this week or Monday.

Sudders also said they're reviewing the guidance.

In addition the CDC says all school students and staff should wear a mask when they return to in-person learning in the fall.

On Wednesday, Massachusetts reported 598 new Covid cases and 6 additional deaths.

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