Chicago and Cook County Health officials announced Friday they are now recommending “universal masking” while indoors in public places, in alignment with CDC guidance. That guidance is voluntary, for now.

“Over the last 7 days, our daily average has been about 51-52 people per 100,000 people. And according to the CDC’s guidelines, this outs us (Cook County) in a significant community spread of COVID-19,” said Dr. Rachel Rubin, senior medical officer at Cook County Dept. of Public Health.

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