LA County to Renew Indoor Mask Mandate – Los Angeles

A mandate for indoor masks could be renewed as successive waves COVID-19 leave Los Angeles County. Public health officials are considering other options to reduce the spread of the virus in the third season of the coronavirus pandemic.

Thursday is expected to see an announcement about the possibility of Los Angeles County reintroducing the indoor mask mandate. This move hinges on the county’s virus activity as determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The county was placed in high category by the COVID-related hospital admissions rate that rose to above 10 per 100,000 residents two weeks ago. The rate stood at 11.7 admissions for every 100,000 residents as of Thursday.

The mandate could be implemented starting Friday if the rate is not raised to the highest level on Thursday.

You can also delay it.

Barbara Ferrer, the Public Health Director, stated twice this week that plans to reimpose an imposing masking mandate may be put on hold based on recent stabilizing hospitalization figures as well as a decline in daily infection numbers. According to CDC measurements, LA County may fall back into the medium-viral category if the downward trend continues.

“We may be positioned to pause the implementation of universal masking,” Ferrer said Tuesday.

Los Angeles County has a wide range of immunity and effective treatments, but the coronavirus is relatively mild. Some communities have said they will not enforce the county mandate if it’s reinstituted.

El Segundo was joined by Beverly Hills and Manhattan Beach, Long Beach and Pasadena in announcing Wednesday that they won’t enforce a mandate.

Los Angeles County is currently the only state jurisdiction that has considered an indoor mask mandate. However, dozens of other counties are also in the CDC’s high-virus activity category.

L. A. The county appears to be heading towards another mask mandate by week’s end. New data indicates an improvement in hospitalizations and cases. The mandate could be avoided, businesses hope. Ted Chen reports from NBC4 News at 4:00 PM on Monday, July 25, 2022.

Southern California officials have raised objections to the idea, which is in contrast to the relative compliance during earlier coronavirus activity spikes when masking was an option.Flatten the curve“Until the arrival of vaccines, and a requirement for schools to reopen in California.

“The (Long Beach) Health Department strongly encourages people to practice personal responsibility and common-sense measures to protect themselves, their loved ones and the greater community from COVID-19,”
according to a statement from Long Beach. “People are advised to mask indoors when in public places, conduct rapid testing before and three to five days after social gatherings and choose outdoor activities where possible.”

Officials from Pasadena and Long Beach said that they would continue monitoring the COVID situation.

Kathryn Barger (Los Angeles County Supervisor) released Monday a statement stating she won’t support a mandate. She stated she agreed that masks can be effective in fighting virus spread. However, she does not believe mandating such a policy will have the desired impact.

Barger declared Tuesday at Tuesday’s board meeting that “I am strongly opposed to mandating masking” because it would have the opposite effect.

Janice Hahn, Supervisor, joined her in protesting a mandate. She said she fears that such a rule would be imposed. “will be very divisive for LA County.”

“I honestly believe there are a significant number of the population who are not willing to accept mask mandates at this point,”Hahn stated. “And many of them contacted me to point out that we now have more tools than at the outbreak of the pandemic.

“Personally I’m worried … that we’re losing the trust this time of a portion of the public that’s actually been with us up to this point.”

Hahn suggested to the county that they expand the list of places masks are required to include pharmacies and grocery stores, instead of all indoor spaces. Ferrer stated that her department would be open to the idea.

The possible return of a mask mandate was also condemned by an alliance of LA County businesses. The alliance called on health officials to abandon plans for a universal COVID-19 indoor mask mandate, saying the move would be “heavy-handed” and a burden on businesses that will be forced to enforce the rule.

“This is not a debate about choosing between lives and livelihoods,” Tracy Hernandez, founding CEO of the Los Angeles County Business Federation, or BizFed, said in a statement. “This discussion is about educating and empowering Angelenos so they can make informed decisions about their health and that of our workers. It also discusses how to help the region weather the latest outbreak of infectious diseases. At this stage of pandemic recovery, endemic recalibration and pandemic recovery, we can do better than a heavy-handed mandate.

What are LA County’s most important COVID-19 figures?

Ferrer reiterated Tuesday that most pandemic tracking metrics are in decline, noting that the average daily number of new cases per week has fallen to approximately 6,100 from 6,700 the previous week. The county however reported 7,316 infections Wednesday.

She said that virus-related hospitalizations have stabilized in the last week. However, the daily number of deaths has remained high at around 14 per day. On Wednesday, 20 more deaths were reported.

She stated that transmission of COVID-19 is still high in the county. The virus continues to be a leading cause for death and kills more people than drug overdoses and flu. It is believed that the number of COVID-19 cases reported by the county each day is not representative of the actual numbers. Many people rely on home tests which do not always report back to health officials.

According to state statistics, there were 1,280 patients with COVID positive status in county hospitals on Wednesday. This is down from 1,286 on Tuesday. From 134 patients a day before, 137 of those patients were in intensive care.

The total number of COVID cases in the pandemic has risen to 3,279 517 with the addition of 7,316 COVID cases. With 20 deaths, the total death toll has risen to 32,674.

On Wednesday, the average daily rate at which people tested positive for the virus in their bodies was 16.2%.


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