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Health officials urge use of masks in schools, at other indoor locations

ISDH briefing

INDIANAPOLIS (Fort Wayne's NBC) - Indiana's top health officials are recommending that schools apply mandatory mask policies for the start of the fall semester, and are urging Hoosiers in general to return to use of masks while at indoor gathering spots.

In a briefing on Friday, Dr. Kristina Box said the guidance applies regardless of vaccination status, citing the recent upswing in cases and positivity rates in Indiana.

The Delta variant of COVID-19 has fueled that rise, she said.

Box stopped short of ordering masking at schools and said ISDH is not considering limits on public gatherings.

Fort Wayne's NBC has reached out to several local school systems for their reaction to the guidance. Classes for most area districts begin in the next two weeks.

In Indiana, 91 percent of all cases are now believed to involve the Delta variant, which has led to resurgence in numerous countries, including the United States.

About 8,00 Hoosiers were hospitalized with COVID-19 this week. ISDH says 96 percent of deaths in Indiana involve unvaccinated patients.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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