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Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health have issued a mask advisory urging everyone to wear a mask indoors and in crowded areas regardless of vaccine status until further notice. The advisory follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidance for an area with substantial community spread of COVID-19.

“The delta variant is extremely contagious and our cases are increasing,” said Columbus Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts. “The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from hospitalization and death from COVID-19 is to get vaccinated. And wearing a mask is another layer of prevention that will help protect yourself and others.”

In Franklin County we are now seeing substantial community transmission of the virus, primarily attributed to the Delta variant. Preliminary evidence suggests that fully vaccinated people who do become infected (breakthrough cases) with the Delta variant can be infectious and can spread the virus to others.

“We know that masking works to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Franklin County Health Commissioner Joe Mazzola.  “By masking up again we can break this substantial transmission rate, save lives and help our schools and businesses continue to stay open.“

Individual New Albany businesses may choose to have their patrons wear masks. However, any mask requirement will be at the sole discretion of the business ownership and will not be mandated by the City of New Albany.

State Health Director Stephanie McCloud said that anyone who is not fully vaccinated should continue to wear a mask, socially distance, avoid large gatherings, and whenever possible, be outside for activities and gatherings. Only by vaccination and following the basic precautions can we continue to lower the number of COVID-19 cases and save lives. You can schedule a vaccination through

Franklin County Public Health provides access to COVID-related information by zip code and generally updates these numbers Monday through Friday (holidays excepted). COVID information is broken down by zip code on page 5 of this report. Although New Albany corporate limits are smaller in size than the overall 43054 zip code area, this is currently the best source of local information for COVID-related cases for New Albany and surrounding areas. Franklin County COVID-related vaccine information can be viewed here.