Coronavirus Update, May 17, 2021

The CDC updated its guidance on mask wearing, stating that vaccinated people don’t need to wear them indoors except in the most crowded areas.

Though, this new guidance doesn’t override a local government’s, a businesses’, or a state’s mask-wearing policies.

If the mandate is lifted in New York, mask policies may look different from business to business, and from county to county

The Albany Times Union reports that Governor Cuomo’s office is currently reviewing the CDC’s guidance, and considering whether to remove the mandate. State republicans are pushing for New York’s mandate to be lifted.

Tompkins County is reporting 54 active cases of COVID-19, and 7 active cases.

Schuyler County is reporting is reporting 7 active cases, and 3 new cases of COVID-19.