Statement from Joe Mazzola, Franklin County Health Commissioner
August 19, 2022: Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 community level for Franklin County was downgraded to yellow (medium). To align with CDC guidance, Franklin County Public Health has lifted its universal mask advisory for all residents. We strongly encourage people who may be at higher risk for severe outcomes of COVID-19 (e.g. immunocompromised or unvaccinated) to continue to mask when in public. If you have been exposed to COVID-19, it is important to wear a well-fitted mask in public for 10 days and to test on day 5, regardless of vaccine or prior infection status.
When in doubt, mask up. We encourage everyone to support an individual’s choice of masking with empathy and kindness, we will continue our messaging to Spread Love, Not COVID.