The County of Los Angeles is going back to a mask mandate requiring everyone to wear masks while indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Mandatory masks indoors will be into effect Saturday at 11:59 pm, as fear over the Delta variant spreads.
Los Angeles County health officer Mantu Davis said Thursday in a digital press conference, “we’re nowhere we need to be for millions at risk of infection here in Los Angeles County, and waiting to do something will be too late given what we’re seeing now.” Davis said, “this is an all-hands on deck moment.”
Axios reports “the latest order in the most populous county in the United States comes after it reported 1,537 new COVID cases, an 83% increase over the last week.” Health officials of Sacramento and Yolo counties are also asking residents to wear masks indoors, but have not made it mandatory.
Davis has given no indication as to when the mandate will be lifted, saying only the order will remain “in place until we begin to see improvements in community transmission.” He added, “anything is on the table if things continue to get worse, which is why we want to take action now.” Further restrictions will be implemented if conditions worsen.
The news release stated the positivity rate for Los Angeles County has risen from around 0.5% on June 15 to 3.7% currently, and officials say roughly 4 million county residents still are not vaccinated.
Los Angeles County has reported 24,566 coronavirus deaths and 1,252,578 cases.