Dr. Michael Doan, medical director for Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County, speaks during an Aug. 2, 2021, media briefing on updated coronavirus protocols. The city of Dayton mandated masks inside public buildings effective immediately and is considering requiring city employees to be vaccinated amid the increasing spread of the virus. Jim Noelker/Staff
Those who are vaccinated — the 1 in 20 people who may get a breakthrough COVID infection ― are able to spread the delta variant of the virus. This is what led the CDC to make its updated mask recommendation, said Dr. Michael Doan, Montgomery County medical director.
Only about 60% of the local population 18 and older has been vaccinated, which Doan said leaves a large number of people at risk for the virus
“Our vaccine rate is just not where it should be,” Doan said.
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley reminded that this is not a citywide mask order, but said the city also wants other employers to make similar policy adjustments.
The Dayton area hospital region on Monday reported 83 COVID-19 patients, which represents about 1 in 23 patients with COVID-19. Three weeks ago, 16 coronavirus patients were hospitalized in the region.
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