Johnson County’s COVID-19 risk is ‘low,’ according to CDC, but health experts say don’t throw away masks just yet

Local health experts say mask-wearing and some social distancing, especially during case surges and the wintertime, should still be used when needed as COVID-19 transitions from being a pandemic to an endemic condition. Above, two people wear masks recently along Johnson Drive in Mission, which allowed its citywide mask mandate to expire on Feb. 23.

By Josh Merchant

In a long-awaited announcement on Feb. 25, the Centers for Disease Control said it was no longer recommending indoor mask wearing in communities considered to be at low to medium risk of COVID-19 spread.