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    CDC Extends Public Transportation Mask Mandate

    • Published
    • 14 April 2022
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    • News

    The mask mandate that applies to Americans when traveling by plane, bus, train and other forms of public transportation has been extended to May 3, 2022, to allow time for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to further assess COVID-19 exposure risks. An uptick in infection rates connected to the Omicron BA.2 subvariant is a primary driver behind the extension.

    The CDC also announced it will update its Travel Health Notice system for international destinations, effective April 18. To help the public understand when the highest level of concern is most urgent, the new system will reserve Level 4 travel health notices for special circumstances, such as a rapidly escalating case-rate trajectory; extremely high case counts; emergence of a new variant of concern; or a health care infrastructure collapse. Levels 1-3 will continue to be primarily determined by 28-day incidence rates or case counts.

    In related news, Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra has renewed the nation’s public health emergency declaration for 90 days. It was set to expire on April 16. The renewed determination allows U.S. residents to obtain free COVID tests, vaccines and treatments, and hospitals to receive adjusted Medicare payments to help cover the cost of care for COVID patients.

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