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    Mayo Clinic’s statement on the Declaration of Local Emergency requiring masking in indoor spaces in Rochester

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January 15, 2022

Media Statement from Amy Williams, M.D., Mayo Clinic executive dean for practice:

“The omicron variant and resulting surge in COVID-19 cases is challenging our health care system, schools, businesses, and community. Mayo Clinic appreciates the Declaration of Local Emergency requiring masking in indoor spaces in Rochester to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 during this surge. We have seen from prior waves of COVID-19 that masking correlates with decreased transmission. To further protect the community, Mayo Clinic urges people to get vaccinated and boosted to prevent severe illness. We are a healthier community when we help and support one another to ensure that all are safe during these challenging times, including people who are immunocompromised and children too young to be vaccinated.”

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• Glenn Lyden Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, newsbureau@mayo.edu

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