August 3, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Updated COVID-19 Mask Recommendations
Winona County Public Health is recommending that all individuals, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, wear a mask indoors and in other settings where there may be an elevated risk of transmission.
Minnesota is now seeing an emerging variant of the COVID-19 virus, known as the Delta variant, which spreads between people at a much faster rate when compared to past variants. People who are fully vaccinated are still able to pass the COVID-19 virus to others. However, vaccinated individuals are less likely to become infected with the virus and are less likely to experience serious COVID-19 complications that could require hospitalization.
COVID-19 vaccines are highly encouraged. Receiving both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine reduces the spread of the COVID-19 virus, can help prevent new strains from
emerging, and keeps you and your loved ones safe. The goal is to have at least 70% of the population vaccinated so herd immunity can be achieved. As of 7/29/2021, 60% of the total Winona County population that is 12+ years old have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine compared to 67.2% within the entire state of Minnesota.
Please call (507)-457-6375 to set up an appointment to receive your vaccine at the Winona County Parkview Office Building, or follow this link for other agencies that are providing COVID- 19 vaccines: Vaccine Locations / COVID-19 Updates and Information - State of Minnesota (mn.gov)
With the recent increase in the prevalence of the Delta variant, the following entities have either recommended or required masking; Mayo Clinic reinstated their mask mandate for all Mayo Clinic buildings, University of Minnesota is now requiring masks indoors, and La Crosse County is recommending wearing masks, including individuals who are already vaccinated.