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Bucks adjusts mask policy as Covid cases slow


Those who are fully vaccinated are no longer required to wear a mask in most county buildings, Bucks officials announced this week. Employees and visitors at the county’s prison and Neshaminy Manor Nursing Home must continue to wear a face covering and judges in the Court of Common Pleas and district courts can chose to require masks in their courtrooms.

According to data from the Bucks County Health Department, the number of new COVID-19 cases continues to fall and is at the lowest level since early November. The seven-day average new daily infection rate recently dropped to 84 and the 575 new cases reported last week were more than 70 percent less than in early April.

Pennsylvania adopted the recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines that said fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask, with the exceptions of nursing homes, prisons, airports, airplanes and other forms of public transportation. However, the state is requiring unvaccinated people to continue wearing masks until 70 percent of the adult population is vaccinated, health officials said.

More than one-third of Bucks Countians have been fully vaccinated, or approximately 212,000, officials said. More than 2,000 Bucks County children, aged 12 to 15, have received one dose of the Pfizer vaccine, according to the health department.

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