Once more, people in the Los Angeles county are mandated to wear masks indoors starting Saturday. This reinstatement happened due to an increase of COVID-19 cases since California’s June 15 reopening.
TechVisibility has covered multiple times the extent of the vaccination programs proposed by the government. Several private companies and establishments offered perks and privileges to those who will have their vaccine shots. And with this, certain services like movie theaters are slowly opening again. However, this case may not be the case with Los Angeles and other areas.
Rising COVID-19 cases in California
Amidst the actions and efforts to get people vaccinated, it seems to be insufficient as rising cases occur in the United States. The New York Times reported that this prompted C.D.C. chief, Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky to plead people to get vaccinated once more.
As of last month, California’s cases increased to a rate of 3,000 new cases per day. Which is almost tripled as compared to last month’s rate. There were also 210 new coronavirus cases reported last June 15. The news release also explains that in Los Angeles county alone, there is already an increase of daily test positivity rate from 0.5% from June to 3.7%. And there are about 4 million residents in the country that are not vaccinated yet.
And with this, people are then required to wear masks once more regardless if you are vaccinated or not. It is required both indoors and especially, if you are in public spaces. This seems to be an urgent and needed decision based on the recent news.
Health Officials Full Statements
“We share our deepest condolences with those of you who have lost friends, loved ones, and family during this difficult time. We expect to keep masking requirements in place until we begin to see improvements in our community transmission of COVID-19. But waiting for us to be at high community transmission level before making a change would be too late.”
“Masking indoors must again become a normal practice by all, regardless of vaccination status, so that we can stop the trends and level of transmission we are currently seeing.”Dr. Muntu Davis, Los Angeles County Health Officer
University of California will also require vaccinations
According to the Los Angeles Times, UC will also be requiring its students and faculty members to get full vaccination status before the fall term kicks off. This makes the university the nation’s largest public university system to require vaccines.
Several factors contribute to this education. Among those include the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant. Moreover, there is a significantly lower number of vaccinate rates for younger people which includes students. Not all classes will be offered online. Therefore, any unvaccinated student without approved exemptions will be prohibited from attending in-person classes and events.
Additionally, physical distancing and wearing of masks are still to be mandated in the university. All these announcements are indicated in a posted UC memo.
In conclusion, it is a must to have yourself protected from the pandemic. There is no excuse to not have your vaccines. And it is also advised that even if you already got your shots, to still be careful and practice precautionary measures for everyone’s sake.