Los Angeles hopes new mask mandate will reverse virus spike Los Angeles County Sonoma Berkeley ABC Covid

angel County residents are again required to wear masks indoors regardless of their vaccination status — a new mandate due out this week that health officials hope is the latest spike in coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths. will reverse.

The rule went into effect late Saturday for the country’s largest county, home to 11 million people, where a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases is led by a highly permeable delta variant.

LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis said on Sunday that most of the new cases are in people without vaccinations.

“I am not happy that we have to go back to using masks in this case, but still, it is a life saver. And that’s the most important thing to me right now,” Solis said on ABC’s “This Week.”

California has seen a steady rise in virus cases since the state fully reopened its economy on June 15, easing capacity limits and social distancing.

San Francisco Bay Area Health officials last week urged residents to wear masks again inside public buildings, offices or businesses, even if they have been vaccinated. Counties of San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Alameda, Contra Costa and sonoma and city Berkeley Stopped making face coverings a necessity.

Other counties, including Sacramento and Yolo, are also urging people to wear masks indoors, but they are not required.

Los Angeles County The mask rule, announced on Thursday, follows a winter where the region experienced a huge spike in infections and deaths, with hospitals overloaded with COVID-19 patients and ambulances, waiting for beds to open Was doing.

Los Angeles County reported a caseload of 1,827 on Saturday – the eighth straight day with more than a thousand new cases. On June 15, when the state reopened, county health officials reported just 210 new cases.

More than 500 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in LA County on Friday, the most since April 14. There were 11 new virus-related deaths on Saturday.

Solis said the LA County mask rule is “not punishment, it’s prevention.” But some vaccinated residents said they felt like they were being punished despite doing the right thing.

Glendale resident Justin Sevakis told ABC7: “It feels like the burden of being unvaccinated is being passed on to the vaccinated.” “It seems like there are people who don’t have common sense and that’s why we all have to pay for it. And it sucks. It’s like, you know, the teacher punishing the whole class.”

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