Frederick Co. mask mandate no longer in effect as COVID metrics improve

FILE - Registered nurse Jessalynn Dest pulls on a new N95 mask as indentations remain from another she had just removed after leaving a COVID-19 patient room in the acute care unit of Harborview Medical Center, Jan. 14, 2022, in Seattle. The Biden administration will begin making 400 million N95 masks available for free to Americans starting next week, now that federal officials are emphasizing their better protection against the omicron variant of COVID-19 over cloth face coverings. The White House announced Wednesday that the masks will come from the government's Strategic National Stockpile, which has more than 750 million of the highly protective masks on hand. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)(AP/Elaine Thompson)
Masks are no longer required in Frederick County, Maryland, under the board of health mandate as COVID-19 case numbers drop.

As of Saturday, the COVID-19 case rate in Frederick County has fallen below 20 per 100,000 people. This was the threshold set by the Frederick County Board of Health.

Because this metric was met, the mask mandate is no longer in effect, as announced by the Board of Health in a news release.

“All county residents are encouraged to continue taking steps to reduce the spread of illness in our
community, such as getting vaccinated and boosted, avoiding crowds, keeping your distance,
washing your hands, and getting tested when needed,” the press release states.

Frederick County remains in high transmission at this time, according to the release.

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Valerie Bonk

Valerie Bonk started working at WTOP in 2016 and has lived in Howard County, Maryland, her entire life. She's thrilled to be a reporter for WTOP telling stories on air. She works as both a television and radio reporter in the Maryland and D.C. areas. 

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