By: Follow South Jersey Staff
CAMDEN, N.J. — Camden County Commissioner Director Louis Cappelli Jr. said that the CDC’s updated guidance regarding vaccinated people and mask-wearing is a turning point in the ongoing battle against COVID-19.
“With the CDC releasing new recommendations stating that fully vaccinated Americans can forgo mask wearing in most indoor and outdoor settings, we may finally be turning a corner and getting back to a place we recognized in early 2020,” Cappelli said on behalf of the Commissioner Board in a prepared statement.
On May 13, the CDC said that it is safe for those who are fully vaccinated to remove their masks in most settings, whether they are outside or indoors. However, in New Jersey, the indoor mask mandate is still in place — though Governor Phil Murphy did lift New Jersey’s mask mandate for outdoor public settings earlier this week.
Nonetheless, Camden County officials see the CDC’s new guidelines as a step toward a return to normal.
“Now that we have more than half of the adult population in Camden County fully vaccinated this opens the door to normalize things that we have missed so much over the past year like the family gatherings, weddings, communions, and celebrations that have always brought us together as a community,” Cappelli said. “With more than 204,000 county adults fully vaccinated, and 247,000 with at least their first dose, we can finally go back to a place where we can begin to shed the masks that have become a staple of daily life for more than a year.”
Even though officials see the new guidelines as a sign of hope, Cappelli feels there is still a need for more efforts.
“We still need to work incredibly hard to get the remaining residents in our region vaccinated to fully enjoy the freedoms that come with lifting restrictions and reducing mask wearing,” Cappelli stated. “This is something that the county health department is doing on a regular basis and will continue to do until we vaccinate every last resident. From parks to housing complexes, we will be pounding the pavement to get a super majority of our community vaccinated.”
For those who still need to be vaccinated, Camden County will have their mobile unit at Cooper River Park this Saturday beginning at 10 a.m., and can always walk into a clinic in Blackwood or schedule an appointment at www.camdencountyvaccine.com.
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