My state opens (totally) on Monday, May 17, 2021 per revised CDC Guidance
After a year and a half of a lot of “Zoom” work, I am very fortunate that the medical center where I have our cancer clinical trial will reopen completely per revised CDC mask guidance. After much internal debate, the medical center will not require verification of vaccination for entrance nor a mask for employees, patients, or visitors (the local county has a very high vaccination rate of 67+%).
Back in late March, I had to reverse course on recruiting for the next phase of the CT when CDC director Walensky came out with a dire warning about her growing concerns about possible further “waves’’. Then, as data indicated a decline in cases. hospitalizations, and deaths, she relented starting April 27th and then last week and announced her additional revised guidance allowing the fully vaccinated to go without a mask both indoors or outdoors.
I realize debate exists on whether not this revised CDC guidance is appropriate at this time (especially in comparison to other countries). Some states and cities don’t agree with the new guidance. Some states are demanding a specific vaccination rate (as high as 70%) to re-open totally. Other states will review the situation but have no plans for a total re-opening. Some chain stores, like Target and Home Depot, will still require masks and social distancing,
For me and my staff, it means back to work in person and full speed ahead. Hopefully the trial’s results will be successful.