CDC Mask Guidance

Joplin Public Library reference librarian Patty Crane (from left) assists library patrons Kesha Wallace and Debora Tucker on Tuesday at the library. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated guidelines on masks to include vaccinated people to wear masks wherever people gather indoors. Globe | Laurie Sisk

Today in the Globe newsroom we continued to monitor the state of COVID cases across the region.

The CDC changed its course Tuesday on mask wearing among vaccinated people. It now recommends that fully vaccinated patients in surging coronavirus areas such as Southwest Missouri begin wearing masks in public places.

We'll have more about this in Wednesday's edition of the Globe and online at We'll also feature reports about:

The status of COVID cases across the region.

The Joplin Board of Education considering incentives for vaccinated employees.

A Joplin man found not guilty by reason of insanity in a shooting spree.

We hope you have a pleasant evening.

Follow Digital Editor Joe Hadsall on Twitter at @JoeHadsall.

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Joe Hadsall is the digital editor for The Joplin Globe. He has been the editor of the former Nixa News-Enterprise and has worked for the Christian County Headliner News and 417 Magazine.