The decline of the omicron wave has spurred new COVID-19 guidance at the federal, state and local levels. A similar decline within Pima County, and the transition from pandemic to endemic phase within Pima County is occurring. Pima County is now classified as “medium” community spread and the guidance no longer includes wearing masks indoors. See below for details.
What does this mean for the ASDM Art Institute?
Beginning Saturday, March 12, 2022, our mask rules will change. Face coverings will be optional in all areas while visiting the Museum, regardless of vaccination status.
The Museum has been committed to following the guidance of trusted public health agencies, and remains so. Though masks will no longer generally be required indoors, you are welcome and encouraged to wear a mask if you choose. Remember that not everyone has the same personal health situations and risk levels for severe illness.
Below are the details on numbers that determined the policy changes.
• The CDC recently released a new COVID-19 Community Level metric that will be updated weekly:
• New CDC guidance is based on three metrics that together are used to determine COVID-19
community risk level (now classified as High, Medium or Low). These metrics are:
o New COVID-19 cases per 100K people in the past seven days (with cases being classified as fewer or greater than 200/100K in last seven days)
o New COVID-19 admissions per 100K total (7-day total)
o Percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients (7-day average)
• In consideration of the new CDC guidance, the Health Department will be updating its progress report
Pima County COVID facts
• There have been over 249,000 COVID-19 cases diagnosed and more than 3,600 deaths attributed to
COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.
• Pima County, which had been in a state of high transmission since August 2021, moved into substantial transmission, with 92 cases/100K as of March 2, 2022.
• Hospital and ICU bed availability has increased over the past two weeks as the cases have decreased.
• This school year, schools have reported over 23,000 cases, over 420 outbreaks and over 195
classroom closures due to COVID.
• As of March 2, 2022, 71.4% of the population of Pima County had been fully vaccinated. Among
those 65 and older, 93.3% were fully vaccinated.
• Across all age groups, unvaccinated individuals had a greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19, a
greater risk of hospitalization from COVID-19, and a greater risk of dying from COVID-19 than people
who were fully vaccinated. See ADHS report, updated Feb. 16, 2002, here:
COVID-19 Mitigation Measures for all Community Members
• The Health Department strongly recommends the following mitigation measures be observed by all
residents and visitors in Pima County:
o Get vaccinated, and if already vaccinated get boosted.
o Stay home when sick with a fever, cough, or other COVID-19 symptoms
o Every person who is symptomatic or has had an exposure should test promptly for COVID-19.
o Wear a mask that provides you with the best protection if you are symptomatic, at least 65 years old, or if you are a household contact of someone who is at-risk
o Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or fabric, or into your sleeve or elbow (not into hands)
o Frequently wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer
Visit webcms.pima.gov for more information.