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Unvaccinated Anne Arundel Co. employees will be required to test weekly for COVID

Steuart Pittman
Posted at 8:55 AM, Aug 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-02 17:14:31-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Covid cases in Maryland are continuing to rise. The positivity rate is more than 3 percent, which is the highest we've seen since May 9th.

Many county school systems have decided to require students to wear masks this fall, regardless of their vaccination status. Anne Arundel's still hasn't announced their stance yet.

On Monday morning County Executive Steuart Pittman said unvaccinated county employees would be required to show a weekly negative COVID test in order to report to work, starting September 13.

Additionally Pittman is mandating that masks be worn inside all Anne Arundel County-owned buildings, beginning August 5.

Anne Arundel County’s daily case rate currently stands at 7.6 per 100,000 residents.

Even with restrictions coming back into play, Dr. Anthony Fauci said he doesn't think there will be any lock downs but he did say things will get worse.

Nationwide, cases have been rising for six consecutive weeks with more than 76 percent of counties in the US reporting high or substantial transmission rates. The Delta Variant is considered to be more contagious.

"We're seeing the cases go up, which is the reason why we keep saying over and over, the solution to this is get vaccinated and this would not be happening," said Dr. Fauci on ABC's This Week. He added, "the unvaccinated, by not being vaccinated, are allowing the propagation and the spread of the outbreak which ultimately impacts everybody."

Health experts are still pushing for people to get vaccinated. In Maryland, more than 77 percent of people have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.