Over the last several weeks we have seen a dramatic drop in the number of COVID cases in our local area and across the country. On Friday, February 25th, the CDC issued new masking guidelines. These are based on newly defined COVID-19 Community Levels. These levels are calculated based on three pieces of data in a community:

  • New Covid-19 hospitalizations
  • Hospital capacity
  • New Covid-19 cases

Low Wear a mask based on your personal preference, informed by your personal level of risk.

Medium – If you are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe illness talk to your healthcare provider about additional precautions, such as wearing masks or respirators indoors in public.

If you live with or have social contact with someone at high risk for severe illness, consider testing yourself for infection before you get together and wearing a mask when indoors with them.

High – Wear a well-fitting mask indoors in public, regardless of vaccination status or individual risk (including in K-12 schools and other community settings). If you are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe illness wear a mask or respirator that provides you with greater protection.

Linn and surrounding counties are currently at a Medium Community Level. As a result, effective 3/1/22 we will no longer require mask to be worn during Arc services*. Please continue to bring a mask as we will need to honor mask mandates of local businesses we visit during programming. We respect and support anyone who chooses to continue wearing a mask. Should the community level change to High we will reinstate mask requirements.

*If your loved one is in Project SEARCH, please note that we have to follow the policies of St. Luke’s Hospital. To our knowledge, they have not made any changes to their mask mandate at this time.

Note: If your services are currently on hold due to the mask mandate, your loved one may not be able to return right away due to our continued struggle with the workforce shortage. The Program Manager or Coordinator for each program will be in contact with you to discuss your loved one’s return as soon as they can.