Allegheny County will require current employees who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 to wear a mask and be tested at least weekly, with vaccinations being required for all new hires going forward, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said Thursday.Watch the announcement in the video player above.Masks will also be required for unvaccinated visitors at county buildings, such as the courthouse and the county office building, with Fitzgerald saying that will be done on “the honor system.”The new policy takes effect Monday, Fitzgerald said.”For those that are vaccinated, you certainly have the choice to wear your mask, including our employees,” he said. “So if you’re working in an office setting and you are vaccinated, and you might have health reasons, whatever it might be, you certainly have the option of wearing a mask or not. But for the unvaccinated, they will not have that choice. They have to wear the mask.”Watch the full video of the county’s news conference below.The move comes amid an increase in COVID-19 cases locally and the spread of the delta variant. The county health department is reporting an increase in hospitalizations, saying most patients were not vaccinated.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends mask-wearing in public indoor settings in areas with a “high” or “substantial” community transmission of the virus. Allegheny County is currently at the substantial level, according to the CDC’s COVID Data Tracker.At the county’s regularly scheduled news briefing Wednesday, Fitzgerald was asked about the possibility of mask mandates or other virus-related mitigation measures in the county.”They’re not being considered necessarily at this time, but what I can say is that the Health Department and Dr. (Debra) Bogen and her team are continuing to look at data, and continuing to look at what’s happening on the ground. At this point, we’re recommending to follow the CDC guidelines,” Fitzgerald said.

Allegheny County will require current employees who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 to wear a mask and be tested at least weekly, with vaccinations being required for all new hires going forward, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said Thursday.

Watch the announcement in the video player above.

Masks will also be required for unvaccinated visitors at county buildings, such as the courthouse and the county office building, with Fitzgerald saying that will be done on “the honor system.”

The new policy takes effect Monday, Fitzgerald said.

“For those that are vaccinated, you certainly have the choice to wear your mask, including our employees,” he said. “So if you’re working in an office setting and you are vaccinated, and you might have health reasons, whatever it might be, you certainly have the option of wearing a mask or not. But for the unvaccinated, they will not have that choice. They have to wear the mask.”

Watch the full video of the county’s news conference below.

The move comes amid an increase in COVID-19 cases locally and the spread of the delta variant. The county health department is reporting an increase in hospitalizations, saying most patients were not vaccinated.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends mask-wearing in public indoor settings in areas with a “high” or “substantial” community transmission of the virus. Allegheny County is currently at the substantial level, according to the CDC’s COVID Data Tracker.

At the county’s regularly scheduled news briefing Wednesday, Fitzgerald was asked about the possibility of mask mandates or other virus-related mitigation measures in the county.

“They’re not being considered necessarily at this time, but what I can say is that the Health Department and Dr. (Debra) Bogen and her team are continuing to look at data, and continuing to look at what’s happening on the ground. At this point, we’re recommending to follow the CDC guidelines,” Fitzgerald said.

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