COVID-19

CDC recommends masks for Kzoo County

Some area stores are already moving to request or require mask usage again.

People in Kalamazoo County should mask up when they’re in public – including people who are fully vaccinated. That’s according to guidance released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What Happened: Last week the CDC updated its masking recommendations in the wake of rising rates of COVID-19 infections throughout the country. The CDC now recommends people wear masks indoors in areas where transmission of the coronavirus is “Substantial” or “High.”

Coronavirus transmission is now considered “Substantial” in Kalamazoo County. That means the case rate is between 50 and 99 cases per week per 100,000 people and/or the positivity rate is between 8% and 9.99%.

As of Friday, Kalamazoo County’s case rate is 55.46 cases per 100,000 people. The county’s positivity rate is approaching 7%.

What’s Happening: Already, some stores and restaurants in the area are moving to request or require masks.

Signs outside Meijer request that customers wear masks regardless of vaccination status. Walmart is requiring staff to wear masks and requesting customers do the same.

McDonald’s announced on Monday that it would require both staff and customers to mask up in areas where coronavirus transmission is substantial or high. It isn’t clear when that might go into effect in Kalamazoo.