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Mask Guidelines

Masking in Missoula County

On Feb. 25, 2022, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its mask guidelines for the nation. The CDC's new guidance is determined by the proportion of inpatient room beds occupied by Covid patients, the number of new Covid hospitalizations per 100,000 people, and the number of new cases per 100,000 people.


Low: Fewer than 200 new cases per 100,000 in the last 7 days and, fewer than 10 new hospitalizations per 100,000 in the last 7 days and fewer than 10 percent of beds used by Covid patients.

 

Medium: If less than 200 new cases, 10-19 new admissions per 100,000 and 10-14 percent of beds used. If more than 200 new cases, less than 10 new admissions per 100,000 and less than 10 percent of beds used.


High: If less than 200 new cases, 20 or more new admissions per 100,000 and 15 percent or more of beds used. If more than 200 new cases, 10 or more new admissions per 100,000 and 10 percent or more of beds used.

In high areas, masking is recommended. In medium areas, vulnerable residents should consult with their doctors to see if they should mask. 

You can check which category your county is in by using this interactive map

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention