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MoCo to Wait on Reinstating COVID Mask Mandate Until ‘Substantial’ Transmission Rate

Montgomery County isn’t following suit on neighboring D.C.’s reinstatement of a mask mandate amid a resurgence in coronavirus cases — at least for now.

County Executive Marc Elrich told WTTG-TV (Channel 5) Thursday that he may revert to an indoor mask mandate if Montgomery reaches a “substantial” transmission rate.

The county considers a substantial transmission rate as 525 new infections over seven days, or an average of 75 new cases a day, WTTG reported.

Elrich said the county’s weekly average of new daily cases is currently in the low 30s, but that number has jumped recently, surpassing 60 on Thursday for the first time in recent memory, according to WTTG.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on Thursday reinstated a citywide indoor mask mandate as the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus fuels surges in cases nationwide.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said Thursday residents will be encouraged to wear masks indoors for now. Earlier this week, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said another statewide mask mandate isn’t currently being considered.

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