California county reinstates indoor mask mandate
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In California’s Bay Area, Alameda County residents can be required to mask up in most public indoor settings once more.
Effective Friday, officers cited rising COVID-19 circumstances and hospitalizations, noting that day by day reported circumstances have exceeded the height of final summer time’s delta wave and are “now approaching levels seen during the winter 2020-21 wave, at comparable lab-reported testing levels.”
Reported circumstances are believed to be an underestimate of the whole.
“Hospitalizations are also rising after remaining stable during the early weeks of this wave. Daily new admissions of patients with COVID-19 rapidly increased in recent days and now exceed last summer’s peak. We expect to reach [the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC)] ‘High’ COVID-19 Community Level soon, given current trends,” the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency stated in a launch. “In addition, when COVID-19 cases started to rise again in April, we did not observe in our data the disproportionate impacts on communities of color. That is no longer true and Hispanic/Latino residents now have the highest case rate in Alameda County among the largest race/ethnicity groups.”
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While vaccination supplies safety towards extreme sickness, the company stated that the virus is circulating at “very high levels” and famous that masking supplies a further layer of safety.
“Rising COVID cases in Alameda County are now leading to more people being hospitalized and today’s action reflects the seriousness of the moment,” Alameda County Health Officer Dr. Nicholas Moss defined in an announcement. “We cannot ignore the data, and we can’t predict when this wave may end. Putting our masks back on gives us the best opportunity to limit the impact of a prolonged wave on our communities.”
“We are seeing the same pattern of disproportionate impact on hard hit communities play out again with rising cases,” stated Kimi Watkins-Tartt, Director of AC HCSA’s Public Health Department. “Many Black and Brown residents are frontline workers who can’t work from home and are in workplaces where they frequently interact with the public. A masking order will limit the spread of COVID in these vulnerable communities.”
According to KTVU, the mask mandate applies to government offices, healthcare amenities, shelters and rideshare providers.
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Children beneath the age of two mustn’t mask and the county is not going to require masking in Ok-12 college settings by means of the tip of the 2021-2022 college year.
Masks can be required in all different youngsters and youth settings, together with summer time college and youth applications.
The order doesn’t apply to the City of Berkeley, which is an impartial Local Health Jurisdiction.
Oakland International Airport tweeted that everybody over the age of two should as soon as once more put on masks in indoor settings there.
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AC Transit additionally introduced that it might restore its mask mandate coverage on all buses “until further notice.”
“We know that policy changes can be frustrating to everyone. However, in support of our frontline workers and greater community, we ask our riders to respectfully comply with the restored mask mandate,” it wrote in an announcement.