To Mask or Not to Mask… That and Other Questions

Ready to ditch your mask? Take a quick look at these county COVID-19 stats before making any rash decisions about your health and future.

This is Public Health is brought to you in partnership with the Tuscarawas County Health Department.

It’s been over a year and the coronavirus isn’t gone. Fortunately, medical experts and scientists know more than they did last June, and we’re starting to see a light at the end of the long, long tunnel. First masks and social distancing, now vaccines are the stepping stones to a safer summer and future.

As of May 28, 2021, Tuscarawas County had 107 active cases of COVID-19. (Four months ago that number was 942!) Additionally, the Tusc. Co. Health Department reports that over 27,000 residents have completed their vaccines- putting our county total just over 30%. Keeping in mind that four months ago the vaccine was not widely available, it’s clear something is working as far as preventive measures goes. (You can learn more about Tuscarawas County COVID cases here.)

So What’s Next? Can I Lose the Mask?

Technically, yes. On May 13th the CDC changed its guidelines for those who are fully vaccinated. Governor Mike DeWine announced that as of today, June 2nd, many prior mandates are now rescinded.

In most cases, fully vaccinated individuals can participate in activities without masking up and without practicing social distancing.

Two Things to Note:

  1. Businesses may still require masks and social distancing- for both vaccinated and unvaccinated employees and patrons. You need to wear a mask in private establishments that still practice these guidelines.
  2. If you are unvaccinated, the mandates have not changed. To protect yourself and others, and to stop the spread of Coronavirus, you should wear a mask, socially distance, and avoid large gatherings and indoor events.

You can find the most recent Ohio Guidelines here. For more information about COVID-19 in Tuscarawas County, visit You can also visit or find them on Facebook for more information about the Tuscarawas County Health Department and their services.

Audrey Mattevi

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