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Ducey says no COVID-19 changes coming after updated CDC guidance; Supt. Hoffman urges Gov. Ducey to let Arizona schools mandate masks

Center for Disease Control

By Danny Shapiro | KTAR

After the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its COVID-19 guidance Tuesday because of a surge of infections due to the delta variant, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said the state won’t make any changes to its policies.

The CDC reversed course on some masking guidelines, recommending that even vaccinated people return to wearing masks indoors in parts of the U.S. classified as having substantial or high transmission.

Related: Supt. Hoffman urges Gov. Ducey to let Arizona schools mandate masks

That includes a recommendation for indoor masks for all teachers, staff, students and visitors at schools nationwide, regardless of vaccination status.

“Arizona does not allow mask mandates, vaccine mandates, vaccine passports or discrimination in schools based on who is or isn’t vaccinated,” Ducey said in a statement. “We’ve passed all of this into law and it will not change.”

Ducey said Arizona’s best protection against COVID-19 remains the vaccine. Arizona Department of Health Services Director Cara Christ told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Tuesday that health officials in the state would be updating their guidelines to match those just released by the CDC.

Thirteen of Arizona’s 15 counties, including Maricopa, home to nearly two-thirds of the state’s residents, fall into the substantial or high categories on the CDC’s map.

About 73% of the state’s COVID-19 cases in July are due to the delta variant, Christ said.

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