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Ontario County joins state dropping mask mandate in local schools, but still ‘strongly recommends’ wearing them

Health officials in Ontario County say they will follow the state’s lead in rolling back the mask mandate in schools.

Public Health Director Mary Beer said in a news release that after meeting with local school officials- lifting the mandate is appropriate. “Even though data for Ontario County continues to reflect a high transmission category, it is time that we move forward in learning to live with COVID in our communities,” Beer said. “It is important that individuals assess their personal risk for contracting COVID and make decisions based on the degree of risk they are willing to accept.”


She says individuals can assess their personal risk by asking themselves a few questions. Those include:

– Have I had COVID-19 in the last 90 days?
– Do I have risk factors such as diabetes or hypertension?
– Am I fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19?
– Do I have vulnerable individuals in my family or circle of friends?

Public health continues to strongly recommend that individuals wear masks when inside and at school. However, the final choice is up to residents and parents.



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