LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva is sounding off on Los Angeles County’s recent decision to re-implement an indoor mask mandate for all county residents, no matter vaccination standing.
“Forcing the vaccinated and those that already contracted COVID-19 to put on masks indoors is just not backed by science and contradicts the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) tips,” Villanueva wrote in an announcement launched Friday.
The sheriff mentioned that whereas the Los Angeles County Division of Public Well being (DPH) has authority to implement the order, the “underfunded/defunded Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Division is not going to expend our restricted assets and as an alternative ask for voluntary compliance.”
LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva
Villanueva inspired the DPH to work collaboratively with the County Board of Supervisors and regulation enforcement to “set up mandates which can be each achievable and supported by science.”
County well being officers on Thursday announced that the county will once more require individuals to put on masks in indoor settings starting Saturday night time, no matter their vaccination standing.
“We’re not the place we should be for the thousands and thousands prone to an infection right here in Los Angeles County, and ready to do one thing can be too late given what we’re seeing now,” County Well being Officer Dr. Muntu Davis mentioned Thursday.
On Thursday, the county reported 1,537 new infections, the best quantity since early March. It was the seventh consecutive day of latest case numbers that topped 1,000. Davis mentioned the speed of virus unfold within the county has formally risen from average to substantial, with infections 5 instances extra prone to happen amongst unvaccinated residents. The present seven-day common fee of every day new circumstances within the county is now at 7.1 circumstances per 100,000 residents, up from 4.8 simply final week.
Because of this, Davis mentioned a revised county Well being Officer Order will take impact at 11:59 p.m. Saturday, requiring individuals to put on masks in indoor settings, no matter vaccination standing.
According to the CDC, the danger of COVID-19 an infection is minimal for absolutely vaccinated individuals and the danger of transmission from absolutely vaccinated individuals to unvaccinated individuals can also be decreased.
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