Posted by The Huron Hub | Feb. 16, 2022
Based on current conditions, MDHHS is expiring the Public Health Advisory on Masking in Indoor Public Settings, including school settings.
Moving forward, the COVID-19 response cycle will be broken down into three key phases:
• Response – Local and state public health implement rapid response to a surge. The public may be advised to increase masking, testing and social distancing.
• Recovery – Post-surge. No immediate resurgence predicted. Local and state public health will monitor conditions that could lead to future surges.
• Readiness – A surge in cases is expected, with implications on severity of illness and hospital capacity. Increased communication to the public regarding possible new risks.
MDHHS supports adjusting mask recommendations as we cycle through periods of response, recovery and readiness and following local health department decisions based on local conditions. Current case rates and hospitalizations, and increased access to vaccines, testing and therapies, indicate Michigan is entering a post-surge recovery phase of the cycle:
During this post-surge recovery phase, MDHHS recommends that all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, continue to practice masking in high-risk congregate settings (including long-term and health care facilities, jails and correctional facilities and shelters).
There may be local masking guidance, policies and/or orders from local health departments, organizations, and/or school districts that must be followed. Policies established by event organizers and businesses may be instituted to fit the specific needs of their customers and should be followed.