You are now required to wear a face mask in these 8 states

Once just a plague in the south, the Delta variant is now responsible for hospitalizations and deaths everywhere from Florida to Hawaii to Oregon to Illinois — and the states are following suit, issuing mask mandates to help stop the spread. Read on to see which 8 states currently have mask mandates, including one just announced — and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss it Certain Signs You Have “Long” COVID and May Not Even Know It.

Chicago, Illinois, USA skyline of downtown Lincoln Park at twilight.

Chicago, Illinois, USA skyline of downtown Lincoln Park at twilight.

“Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has reinstated a state mask mandate requiring indoor masks for residents as he says the state is running out of time as our hospitals run out of beds,” the report states. 5 Chicago. “The new indoor mask mandate, similar to those already issued in Cook County and Chicago, begins Monday and requires face coverings in indoor environments regardless of COVID vaccination “Illinois will join several other states starting Monday that have re-imposed statewide requirements for indoor masks regardless of vaccination status,” Pritzker said. “Masks work. Period.”

French Quarter Architecture in New Orleans, LouisianaFrench Quarter Architecture in New Orleans, Louisiana

French Quarter Architecture in New Orleans, Louisiana

State says: “Governor John Bel Edwards has temporarily reinstated the mask mandate for all people five years and older in Louisiana as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise in Louisiana, affecting the ability of Louisiana hospitals to provide care during this fourth wave of COVID. Louisiana is currently in the worst wave of the COVID-19 pandemic to date in terms of growth rate, percent positivity, and hospitalizations.

The skyline of Las Vegas, Nevada, USA over the strip at dusk.The skyline of Las Vegas, Nevada, USA over the strip at dusk.

The skyline of Las Vegas, Nevada, USA over the strip at dusk.

“Major events held in Nevada could add to the growing number of places in the US where people in crowds are being asked to prove they have been vaccinated against COVID-19, the governor said Monday,” the governor said. AP. Democratic Governor Steve Sisolak said major indoor venues in cities like Las Vegas and Reno may waive state mask requirements if they verify that their guests have been vaccinated. “This is groundbreaking. There are no other locations in the country that do this,” Sisolak said. “I think it will make more people want to go to an event because they know that when they walk into that arena or that stadium, everyone is vaccinated.”

Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA downtown skyline at dusk.Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA downtown skyline at dusk.

Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA downtown skyline at dusk.

New Mexico Democratic Governor Michelle Grisham has announced a temporary mandate for an indoor mask after a 90 percent increase in statewide hospitalizations statewide in the past two weeks. News week. “The mandate applies to anyone in the state two years of age or older, regardless of vaccination status. It will remain in effect until Monday, September 20 at the earliest.”

Portland, Oregon at nightPortland, Oregon at night

Portland, Oregon at night

“On August 24, Governor Kate Brown announced a new rule requiring people in Oregon to wear masks in most public outdoor settings — regardless of vaccination status — where physical distancing is not allowed. The rule goes into effect Friday, August 27.

Masks, face coverings or face shields are mandatory in all indoor areas.”

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The state “requires face masks for anyone over the age of five in most indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status. These include places such as supermarkets, shopping malls, gyms, and community centers. Masks are highly recommended in crowded outdoor settings such as sporting events, trade shows, and concerts where physical distancing is not an option. The order reflects the recommendations of all 35 local health officials in Washington state and recent changes to CDC guidelines that all people, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks in indoor public areas, in areas of substantial or high transmission. emergence of the more contagious Delta variant, every county in Washington is currently categorized as having substantial or high transmission.”

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Beverly Hills, CaliforniaBeverly Hills, California

Beverly Hills, California

“California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) officials are urging employers and employees in the state to start wearing face coverings indoors regardless of their vaccination status. Last month, the California Department of Public Health announced updated the masking guidelines in response to a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the state,” reports ABC 7. “The guideline says that all people should wear face masks in indoor public areas, regardless of vaccination status.” There is a mask mandate for public schools.

“It’s not a good time to travel to the islands.” “Gov. David Ige on Monday strongly urged visitors and residents alike to limit travel to the state of Aloha for essential business purposes only as the surge in COVID-19 cases has overwhelmed Hawaii’s health care system,” said Hawaii’s health care system. Western Hawaii today. “Ige said he is aware that many of the companies in Hawaii are struggling, and that his call to reduce travel to the islands will have an impact on the number of people who will fly here.” “But I also want to point out that our hospitals are full,” he said. “Our ICUs are full. We’re working on peak plans in each facility to expand capacity. We’re switching acute care beds to support the sick. And so I know that’s a risk, but I believe as a community is That’s a risk we have to take, to discourage travel to the islands until we can get to a better place with our health facilities.”

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Nurse with syringeNurse with syringe

Nurse with syringe

Wherever you live, follow public health basics and help end this pandemic wherever you live – get vaccinated ASAP; if you live in an area with a low vaccination coverage, wear an N95 face mask, don’t travel, social distancing, avoid crowds, don’t go in with people you don’t hide with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, and to protect your life and that of others, don’t visit any of these 35 places you are most likely to get COVID.