LA County reinstates indoor mask mandate regardless of COVID vax status

Due to a rapid and sustained increase in COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County, they are reinstating the indoor mask mandate even for those people who are vaccinated,a Los Angeles County's public health officer said Thursday.

Dr. Muntu Davis said that the public health order requiring masks indoors will go into effect this Saturday July 17th, at 11:59pm.

Although masks will be required indoors, you can still go out to eat and take off your masks only while eating and drinking.

The mandate was reinstated after the county recorded more than 1,000 new cases each day for a week, with now "substantial community transmission."

Here in the Bay Area, at least 59 residents at a homeless shelter have tested positive for the Coronavirus Delta variant, more than half of whom were unvaccinated, per health officials said.

The Samuel L. Jones Hall had one resident hospitalized, but none of the other 46 residents have severe symptoms, according to Jennielynn Holmes, who leads homeless services at the Catholic Charities which manages the shelter.

Officials said that fewer than half of the 153 residents had received at least partial vaccination and they do not know whether the outbreak started with a vaccinated or unvaccinated resident.

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