CDC director: Now is not the time to change recommendations

Dr. Rochelle Walensky says COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are still too high.

News 12 Staff

Feb 9, 2022, 10:17 AM

Updated 830 days ago

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Despite a drop in cases in New York, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, says that now is not the time to change the recommendations or loosen restrictions aimed at preventing COVID-19.
Walensky says COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are still too high.

However, on Long Island, Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman, who has been leading the charge against mask mandates, is hoping the governor drops the mask order inside classrooms, as well as at businesses.
"Now there is no reason they have to go to school without a mask so I am hoping that the governor is reasonable and basically there is no science behind continuing the mask with kids,” says Blakeman.
Gov. Kathy Hochul is not expected to decide the future of the mask mandate for schools until after winter break ends and classes resume on Feb. 28.


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