Is Massachusetts still going to close? Cambridge mask advisory issued amid spike in COVID cases – NBC Boston
Health officials in Cambridge, Massachusetts are urging residents to wear masks in certain situations, regardless of their vaccination status, amid increasing cases of COVID-19.
The city’s health department said new infections surged in July, with 83 confirmed and probable cases reported on Tuesday.
“We urge residents – vaccinated and unvaccinated – to wear masks and practice physical distancing in situations where transmission is likely and in close proximity to unvaccinated people, including young children,” the department said in a statement. .
Nantucket has joined Provincetown in advising people to start wearing masks indoors, as more than 250 cases of the coronavirus have been linked to an outbreak of COVID in the popular tourist town on the tip of Cape Cod.
“It is not known what is behind the rise in infections in unvaccinated and fully vaccinated people, but it is most likely a combination of various factors, including the increasing prevalence of the highly transmissible Delta variant in the states. – United and the return to daily activities. ”According to the Cambridge press release.
The advisory comes amid a slight increase in cases across the state. Nantucket and Provincetown recently posted masks notices amid growing clusters including fully vaccinated residents.
Acting Boston Mayor Kim Janey also said Thursday that students in the city’s public schools will be required to wear face masks when classes begin in September.
Gov. Charlie Baker, meanwhile, said Thursday he had no plans to reimpose the statewide restrictions. The Republican quashed most state mandates in early summer as Massachusetts achieved one of the highest vaccination rates in the country.
“If communities think they need to pursue strategies that are more effective and appropriate for them, then they should do it,” Baker added during a speech at an event on Cape Cod.
Provincetown released new viral safety recommendations on Monday after registering more than 250 new cases of COVID-19 after a busy July 4 weekend. Officials at the popular tourist town said many of the cases were of so-called “breakthrough” infections in people who had been vaccinated.
As of Tuesday, more than 5,100 Massachusetts residents had tested positive for COVID-19, although fully vaccinated against the virus, and at least 80 of them died.