Northam recommends all Virginians wear masks indoors

Governor Ralph Northam 

Northam recommends that all Virginians wear masks indoors, regardless of their vaccination status

Governor Ralph Northam said Virginians should consider wearing a mask indoors in areas with a high risk of transmission of COVID-19.

Northam reiterated in his tweet that it was a recommendation, not a requirement.

Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Newport News, Suffolk, Portsmouth have high levels of community transmission, according to the CDC's COVID Data Tracker.

Norfolk and Hampton have a significant level of community transmission.

Today, the state recorded the most significant number of daily cases since April. There were 1,101 newly reported cases of coronavirus on Thursday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released new guidelines recommending people wear masks indoors in public spaces in parts of the country that have seen at least 50 new cases per 100 thousand population in the last week.

The agency said that even vaccinated people should return to wearing masks at home.

The CDC has also recommended indoor masks for all teachers, staff, students, and school visitors, regardless of vaccination status.

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