CDC and state guidance consistently recommend cleaning and disinfecting work spaces, wearing masks when in mixed vaccinated and unvaccinated groups, requiring masks for those who are not vaccinated and symptom screening. The bottom line remains the protection of those who are vulnerable, since the current variants can be spread by vaccinated people who may be asymptomatic.
COVID-19 Mask Requirements from mass.gov
This statement from www.mass.gov is reflective of the guidance offered by the CDC and CT, MA, RI: "Effective July 30: The Department of Public Health has issued a new mask advisory in light of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s updated guidance. Fully vaccinated individuals are advised to wear a mask or face covering when indoors (and not in your own home) if you have a weakened immune system, or if you are at increased risk for severe disease because of your age or an underlying medical condition, or if someone in your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is an unvaccinated adult. Masks are still mandatory for all individuals on public and private transportation systems (including rideshares, livery, taxi, ferries, MBTA, Commuter Rail and transportation stations), in healthcare facilities and in other settings hosting vulnerable populations, such as congregate care settings."
In Rhode Island
OSHA offers adviceProtecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace - Occupational Safety and Health Administration
COVID-19 and Prevention. COVID-19 is a highly infectious disease that is spread from person to person, including through aerosol transmission of particles produced when an infected person exhales, talks, vocalizes, sneezes, or coughs. COVID-19 is highly transmissible and can be spread by people who have no symptoms. Particles containing the virus can travel more than 6 feet, especially indoors -
It is important to make sure the workplace is cleaned regularly, and well ventilated.
From the CDCwww.cdc.gov.
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If you have more questions, please do not hesitate to send me an email: Deborah Ringen, Minister of Health & Wellness, at email@example.com. Thanks for working to keep everyone safe!
Deborah Ringen MSN, RN-BC is a Faith Community Nurse and the Minister of Health and Wellness for the Southern New England Conference, UCC.