In a media phone call Tuesday CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said that it was a difficult decision to recommend masks for vaccinated individuals in areas of high transmission.
Walensky said the decision was made based on new science and data received in recent days regarding the delta variant. This data shows that in rare occasions vaccinated people may be contagious and able to spread the variant according to the CDC.
The best solution to the problem recommended by the CDC is to get vaccinated.
The recommendation was made for vaccinated people to wear masks indoors in areas of high transmission. When asked to clarify what "areas of high transmission" means the CDC Director pointed to people to reference the CDC COVID Data Tracker online.
Looking at that tracker today shows that Riverside County would be considered "high transmission".
This recommendation includes schools and that masks are recommended regardless of vaccination status.
The CDC also is asking community leaders to encourage people to wear masks in areas of high or substantial transmission.
Watch the entire media call here: