Coronavirus Report: May 17, 2021

By Marsha Mullings, MPH


33 million cases, 587,000 deaths


2.3 million cases, 93,110 total hospitalizations, 36,075 deaths


239,081 cases, 10,295 total hospitalizations, 3,011 deaths


*The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided new guidelines regarding mask wearing:

*Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.

*You will still be required to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States, and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.

*The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 12 years of age or older. To obtain the vaccine, persons 12-17 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


The risk of infection with coronavirus and the possibility of developing COVID-19 disease remain extremely high for people who are unvaccinated. Remaining vigilant against disease transmission is critical. Practice good COVID-19 control strategies:

*Observe social distancing guidelines (6 feet or more of separation from others).

*Practice good hand hygiene (wash hands frequently with soap and warm water or use hand sanitizers).

*Wear a mask when out in public if you are unvaccinated.

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