California · COVID-19

Run it back: L.A. County health authorities reissue mask mandate – regardless of vaccination status

Los Angeles County is reimplementing its mask mandate indoors “regardless of vaccination status” amid an increase in coronavirus case numbers and concerns over the delta variant, officials announced Thursday.

The new masking order goes into effect 11:59 p.m. on Saturday.

“We’re not where we need to be for the millions at risk of infection here in Los Angeles County, and waiting to do something will be too late, given what we’re seeing,” L.A. County Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis said in a briefing with reporters.

L.A. County has seen several consecutive day with more than 1,000 new cases were reported daily amid a “rapid and sustained” spike in the number of cases.

“Masking indoors must again become a normal practice by all, regardless of vaccination status, so they can stop the trends and level of transmission we’re currently seeing,” Davis said.

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Staff reports from The San Joaquin Valley Sun staff.