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Dear FORUM Members,
As many of you may know, the CDC issued new guidance yesterday July 27 related to COVID-19. While it seemed like we were approaching a new normal, and those that were fully vaccinated were no longer in need of a mask in public spaces, we have seen new evidence that the health of our communities is still compromised. As of July 22, the Florida vaccination rate has increased to 76% but the positivity rate for COVID cases has increased to 10.1% (with the entire state at 15.1%). The Delta variant is quickly outpacing the vaccination rates. As such it is appropriate that we now review and update our current mask policy at FORUM for the best interest and safety of all of our members.
Our current policy requires all unvaccinated members to wear a mask when not at a desk -- in common spaces, shared offices, meeting rooms, offices of other members, the kitchen, restrooms, etc. Per the just-released CDC recommendation update, we are now strongly recommending that vaccinated members also wear a mask, throughout common areas where contact with other members is likely.
If you experience any COVID-type symptoms (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, etc.) we recommend you get tested and also take time to rest at home or in a space where your risk-sharing symptoms with others are lower. We also encourage everyone to get vaccinated, in keeping with our philosophy to do all that we can, individually and together, to keep our communities safe.
You can learn more about the new CDC Guidelines HERE. If you have any questions regarding this new COVID policy, please contact us and we will be happy to answer any and all of your questions.
Thank you for your patience, trust, and cooperation with us these past months — and we appreciate your continued support as we navigate this new normal.
All our best,