NYSDOH advises residents of counties considered high-risk by CDC to wear masks indoors in public

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) is recommending that everyone in counties that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has designated high risk and anyone who is personally at risk of severe disease due to underlying conditions wear a mask in indoor public spaces, regardless of vaccination status.

As of Friday, every county in the Greater Rochester Area except for Seneca County, which the CDC has listed as medium risk, is considered high risk by the CDC.

The DOH also said that Gov. Kathy Hochul, Director of State Operations Kathryn Garcia and NYSDOH Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett spoke with county executives on a call Friday before the NYSDOH made the announcement about the updated recommendations and New York State’s COVID-19 preparedness efforts for the Summer and Fall.

Click here to see the CDC’s data yourself. Click here to see the CDC’s other recommendations about what precautions to take based on the risk level it has set for the county you live in.