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Mask mandate returns to Los Angeles as coronavirus cases rise

CoronavirusJul 16, 2021 03:20PM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: People wearing face protective masks walk on Hollywood Blvd during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Los Angeles, California, U.S., March 29, 2021. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo

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By Sharon Bernstein

(Reuters) -Los Angeles County will reimpose its mask mandate this weekend in the latest sign that public health officials are struggling with an alarming rise in coronavirus cases tied to the highly contagious Delta variant.

The county, home to 10 million people and the nation's second-largest city, Los Angeles, is one of several jurisdictions to recommend or mandate wearing masks or other pandemic restrictions in recent days as cases rise to worrisome levels in many parts of the United States.

"We’re requiring masking for everyone while indoors at public settings & businesses, regardless of vaccination status so that we can stop the increased level of transmission we're seeing," the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said on Twitter Thursday.

The mandate will go into effect Saturday night at a minute before midnight, the agency said.

The announcement follows six straight days of more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases reported in Los Angeles County, with nearly 400 people hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Wednesday, up 275 from the week before. Nine new COVID-19 deaths were reported on Wednesday.

More than 1,500 new infections were reported on Thursday, and the county has become a place of "substantial" transmission, based on criteria set by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Los Angeles County health officer, Dr. Muntu Davis, said in remarks provided to reporters.

Other California counties and other states are also grappling with a spike in coronavirus cases, led by a mutation of the coronavirus known as the Delta variant and predominantly affecting people who are unvaccinated.

Also on Thursday, Sacramento and Fresno Counties in California recommended that masks be worn indoors even by people who are vaccinated. Austin, Texas, on Thursday urged people who are not vaccinated or are otherwise high-risk to avoid travel, indoor gatherings, dining out and shopping, and to wear masks.

Earlier this week, Yolo County in California also recommended indoor masking, and in Springfield, Missouri, children and teachers have been required to wear masks during summer school.

"Everyone, including those who are vaccinated, should be aware of high-risk situations including being indoors, in crowds, and around unvaccinated and unmasked individuals and consider wearing a face covering in these settings,” said Fresno County Public Health physician Dr. John Zweifler.

Data from the CDC show high levels of coronavirus transmission in numerous states, including Missouri, Mississippi, Florida, Nevada and Utah.

Across the country, health officials urged residents who have not yet done so to become vaccinated. Vaccines are approved and available for all people as young as 12 years old. In Los Angeles County, just 0.09% of new cases were among people who had been vaccinated, officials said.

“Our best protection against COVID-19 continues to be the vaccine," said Sacramento County Public Health Officer Olivia Kasirye. "We urge all eligible residents to get vaccinated in order to protect themselves, and their family and friends.”

Mask mandate returns to Los Angeles as coronavirus cases rise
 

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Jim Stramoski
Jim Stramoski Jul 18, 2021 9:56AM ET
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Zero covid deaths reported for July 17 in Los Angeles County. But we need to continue to be prudent as well as maintaining our good mental health
Transparent Labs
Transparent Labs Jul 17, 2021 9:17AM ET
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blah... blah... blah. Who cares. World gone nuts. Time to hang the career politicians especially everyone in Congress, WHO, UN WEF, etc.
charles ck
charles ck Jul 16, 2021 5:16PM ET
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This message brought to you by the same government that gives you free donuts, beer, and ice cream to coerce you and your chil/dr.en to get an experimental vaccine for something that primarily targets obese people, with 80%+ of hospitalized people with COVID-19 being obese. The same people who tell you to fear COVID constantly, have not spent a moment of the past year trying to lose weight, with obesity being the number on cause of death in the world.
sally cornish
sally cornish Jul 16, 2021 4:57PM ET
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Last week in CA, they reported 9 cases of COVID among Capitol employees, 4 out of the 9 were vaccinated. Misinformation? Look it up yourself.
sally cornish
sally cornish Jul 16, 2021 4:57PM ET
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...while looking up all the warnings that the FDA is requiring on the bottle such as heart inflammation and auto-immune disorders while not FDA-approving the vaccines...
sally cornish
sally cornish Jul 16, 2021 3:39PM ET
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"Get these super duper safe and effective vaccines and you can go back to normal!" *few months later* "Okay these vaccines have just produced a more deadly variant that is preferentially spread over the original strain by vaccinated people since the vaccine puts selective pressure against the original strain...also, we known masks and lockdowns did nothing the first time around, but you better put those back on and we may lock things down again...also, the FDA has still not approved the vaccines, but has told us to put warnings about heart inflammation and auto-immune diseases on the bottles....and lets just forget about the whole deadly clots thing..."
sally cornish
sally cornish Jul 16, 2021 3:37PM ET
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"Get these super duper safe and effective vaccines and you can go back to normal!" *few months later* "Okay these vaccines have just produced a more deadly variant that is preferentially spread over the original strain by vaccinated people since the vaccine puts selective pressure against the original strain...also, we known masks and lockdowns did nothing the first time around, but you better put those back on and we may lock things down again...also, the FDA has still not approved the vaccines, but has told us to put warnings about heart inflammation and auto-immune diseases on the bottles....and lets just forget about the whole deadly clots thing..."
Bob Collins
Bob Collins Jul 16, 2021 3:31PM ET
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People wearing masks make me feel very uncomfortable. 1. Wearing a mask doesn’t protect you from getting it. That is fact. 2. Only reason to wear a mask is to protect others from you. The fraud Fauci said so himself. 3. There is no such thing as asymptomatic spread, so if you are wearing a mask you must either be concerned that you have it - or sincenit is the official uniform of socialism, you are a Marxist. Either way I don’t want to be around you.
Mad Money
Mad Money Jul 16, 2021 3:31PM ET
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Stay home
Bob Collins
Bob Collins Jul 16, 2021 3:31PM ET
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Mad Money only crazy people wear masks anymore.
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one two Jul 16, 2021 10:20AM ET
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Muh vaccinated Great Britain and Israel getting reinfected with muh new variants. Guess we need more booster shots and or new vaccinations for each variant 🤡
Rick Baier
Rick Baier Jul 16, 2021 12:01AM ET
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Just Google side effects of Covid 19 vaccine on YouTube.
Tony Huynh
Tony Huynh Jul 16, 2021 12:01AM ET
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Yes because the only trustable sources are Facebook and Youtube.
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Expressions Productions Jul 15, 2021 11:36PM ET
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Trunp Republicans are primary target of Delta variant.
Anthony Cloud
Anthony Cloud Jul 15, 2021 11:36PM ET
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Yup, that is why vaccinated people are getting covid and are scared because everyone didn’t follow their uneducated decision to take a trail drug.
David David
David9 Jul 15, 2021 10:06PM ET
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this is crazy... I go out today and see no masks and people think this is over...
David David
David9 Jul 15, 2021 10:03PM ET
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I told you guys... I said the virus will spike up once we try to go back to normal... if this keeps up and people don't care and think is nothing, then I expect shutdown will come next once the flame goes up....
Mendoza Aaron
Mendoza Aaron Jul 15, 2021 10:03PM ET
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Jm Vm He's just a bot. We are starting to see through it. Hopefully, more will wake up.
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Jul 15, 2021 9:44PM ET
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The rate is very low for black, hispanic. Is Biden systematic ra/c/i/st ?
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Jul 15, 2021 9:43PM ET
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Zip code 90002, in the Watts area of Los Angeles had about 36% fully vaccinated as of July 13. About 46% of the population over 12 was fully vaccinated. Overall the rate is low for black and hispanic.
David David
David9 Jul 15, 2021 9:43PM ET
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It doesn't rate this or rate that... it will go up if people don't follow directions...
Paul Heyde
Paul Heyde Jul 15, 2021 9:25PM ET
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Apparently vaccinations provide no protection!
Joel Schwartz
Joel Schwartz Jul 15, 2021 9:25PM ET
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Not when half the country thinks they’re made out of the devil, apparently.
Jm Vm
Jm Vm Jul 15, 2021 9:25PM ET
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Apparently less than bright people refuse to acknowledge that 99% of all new infections and deaths are in unvaccinated people.
Bob Collins
Bob Collins Jul 15, 2021 9:25PM ET
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Jm Vm that is Marxist Globalist propaganda. At least 40% of new Delta infections are vaccinated people. And unfortunately the vaccinated have destroyed their natural immune response.
 
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