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After CDC revises COVID-19 recommendations, Dallas County narrows its mask mandate

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As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention marks a new stage in the pandemic by loosening masking guidelines, Dallas County quickly reduced its mask mandate.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins revised guidelines on friday, no longer requires masks in public places, except in prisons, homeless shelters, long-term care facilities and health facilities. Immunocompromised residents are still encouraged to continue wearing masks in all indoor areas.

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Earlier on Friday, the CDC announced a new virus surveillance system that identifies individual counties as having low, medium or high risk of COVID-19 infection. The counties in Texas collectively represent all three categories. But nationwide, COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations are declining sharply.

There is no recommendation for camouflage for residents of low-risk districts. And in medium-risk districts, people with weakened immune systems should talk to their doctor about continuing to wear a mask. The CDC is reviewing its mandate for universal masks for schools and recommends that districts require masks only in high-risk conditions.

CDC Director Rochelle Valensky said the new system reflects the belief that the country has entered a different phase of the pandemic. Communities now have more tools to protect against the virus, including increased access to vaccines, tests and high-quality masks.

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The federal mandate still requires Texans to wear face masks on buses, trains and planes, although the order expires on March 18. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and US Attorney Beth Van Dune, R-Irving, sued the CDC over the term.

During the pandemic, political battles are raging over the mandates of masks in the country. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is fighting lawsuits with the Biden administration and cities, counties and school districts over offers to demand masks.

Earlier this week, Travis County returned to Stage 4, a less restrictive level than the COVID-19 guidelines. The Waco Independent School District also revoked its mask mandate on Thursday.

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After CDC revises COVID-19 recommendations, Dallas County narrows its mask mandate

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