Woman shopping at a Lee County Target on Nov.. 4, 2019. (Credit: WINK News)

Target to require workers to mask up in areas where Delta variant is surging

Target is joining some of the nation’s largest retailers in changing its mask policies in parts of the U.S. facing another wave of COVID-19 infections linked to the so-called Delta variant. Minneapolis-based Target said Monday that, starting August 3, it will require all store workers in counties that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says faces a […]

New CDC guidelines set off rush to reimpose mask mandates

States and businesses scrambled Wednesday to change course after the federal government issued new guidance calling for the return of mask-wearing in virus hot spots amid a dramatic spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations nationwide. Nevada and Kansas City were among the locations that moved swiftly to re-impose indoor mask mandates following Tuesday’s announcement from […]

Delta variant’s spread raises Florida’s total COVID-19 cases

Florida is seeing a jump in the number of new COVID-19 cases, and it has many sounding the alarm. In June, our state saw 10,459 new cases. According to Florida Department of Health’s report, over a 10-week period, we saw that number jump to more than 45,000 new cases. Now, these new numbers have even […]

Some aren’t ready to give up masks despite new CDC guidance

Like more than 120 million other Americans, Jan Massie is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and can pretty much give up wearing a mask under the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But she’s still covering her face, even as the temperature rises in her native Alabama, because of benefits she says […]

Don’t want to stop wearing your mask? Psychotherapist says they give a sense of security

Although fully vaccinated people no longer have to wear face masks in many situations, the comforting qualities that mask-wearing offers some people may make them think twice before ditching their face coverings entirely. “There is a way that the mask hides your feelings,” psychotherapist Kathryn Smerling said in an interview on CBSN. “It does give […]

CDC says it’s OK not to wear masks indoors if you’re fully vaccinated

In a major step toward returning to pre-pandemic life, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people on Thursday, allowing them to stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor settings. The new guidance still calls for wearing masks in crowded indoor settings like buses, planes, hospitals, […]

CDC study finds two masks are better than one vs. COVID-19

U.S. government researchers found that two masks are better than one in slowing coronavirus spread, but health officials stopped short of recommending that everyone double up. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday reported the results of a lab experiment that spaced two artificial heads 6 feet from each other and checked to […]

SWFL doctor urges staying masked, but doesn’t recommend doubling up

Florida is leading the country in the most cases of the COVID-19 variant, with 50 currently. Now more than ever, doctors are urging the public to mask up and stay vigilant. One Southwest FLorida doctor says that although you may think wearing two masks would add an extra layer of protection, it’s not really needed. […]