Masks need to hit Los Angeles County again as Delta grows
Los Angeles County, one of the most populous counties in the United States, has once again made masks mandatory in indoor and outdoor situations, saying Covid-19 is not yet fully eradicated and that a new Delta variant of the coronavirus is spreading rapidly.
Even for those fully vaccinated, there is a high likelihood of re-infection if the proper precautions are not taken, the county said.
The new mandate, which began on July 18, comes a month after California completely reopened its economy on June 15 by lifting almost all restrictions on Covid-19.
According to the CDC, the current seven-day moving average of daily new cases (26,306) in the United States is up 69.3% from the previous 7-day moving average (15,541).[https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/covid-data/covidview/index.html]
According to the CDC, the number of documented cases of the Delta variant – the B.1.617 line, first identified in India – rose from 210 on June 15 (source: epidemic.info) to 2,419 in California on July 18 .
According to data released on July 18 by the Los Angeles County Public Health Department, there have been 1,635 new positive cases in the past seven days.
“We have a report indicating that there are cases of Delta variant, ”said Ali Sajjad Taj, mayor of the city of Artesia. Indica news in reaction to the mandate of the masks,
The downtown area of Artesia, which is part of Los Angeles County, is also referred to as Little India due to the high number of Indian stores.
“However, the vaccination rate is high – around 70% are vaccinated in a single dose, ”said Mayor Taj.
He said it was “unfortunate that some” people wish not to be vaccinated, and added: “The vaccination is also not 200% Covid-proof, and combinations of all of these reasons are the reason people are getting it again. “
He expressed fears that the pandemic could spread.
“We are still not fully operational and at the moment the churches, temples and religious places are still not fully open, it takes time, ”said Taj, who also expressed concern about the impact on businesses.
“So do we do something, we are definitely sending messages to follow – keep the distance, wear masks and wash your hands, ”he said.
Naresh Solanki, a former mayor and current council member of Cerritos, also under LA County, said his town had not been affected much economically as it is one of the country’s main car dealership towns.
“Our sales tax is up and sales are up and even now the city is doing well, ”Solanki said. “Our companies have always been active during Covid – the reason being that people buy cars because they avoid flying. Income from car sales is very good.
Solanki said his city will follow the mask’s mandate.
However, Harry Sidhu, mayor of the city of Anaheim, which attracted 49 million tourists in 2019 due to Disneyland, theme parks and the convention center, said Indica news that Orange County had not imposed masks, indoor or outdoor.
“We will remain under the Orange County guidelines, ”Sidhu said.
Asked about the cases of Delta in his city, he said: “There are few cases… but 70% of people are vaccinated at least all at once.
“We plan to keep the masking requirements in place until we start to see improvements in our community transmission of COVID-19, ”said Muntu Davis, Los Angeles County health official, urging all residents. eligible to be vaccinated.
The warrant means that all customers will once again have to mask themselves when entering any indoor public establishment, including retail stores, grocery stores, restaurants and workplaces.
Davis said restaurants inside will remain open, but customers will have to remain masked while they are not eating or drinking.
The most transmissible Delta variant now accounts for 71% of all sequences in Los Angeles County, Davis said.
Official data showed that among residents aged 16 and over in Los Angeles County, 69% received at least one dose and 61% were fully immunized.