Lawmakers Contested on Reinstating Indoor Mask Mandates
Lawmakers have been contested on whether to reinstate indoor mask mandates.
Over 60% of Americans are currently residing in counties that entered the "high" category of COVID-19 cases where the CDC recommends masking in indoor settings for all people regardless of vaccination status, according to data posted by the public health organization. Several cities and counties, including Los Angeles, have avoided enforcing indoor mask mandates. LA County Department of Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer on Wednesday paused the implementation of universal masking due to a "a fairly steady decline" of cases and hospitalization rates, indicating that the numbers are "potentially signaling to an end" of the latest surge caused by the BA.5 variant. On the other hand, San Diego Unified School District started reinforing indoor mask mandates amid an uptick of COVID cases during summer school sessions.
Left-rated coverage highlighted public health officials' "concern" that Americans have returned to their normal lives "without a second thought" of pandemic restrictions or the "surge" in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations being detected in some areas. Right-rated outlets accentuated a downtick in COVID-19 cases and spotlighted critics who accused Ferrer of "lying to the public" about the virus.
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From the CenterL.A. County dodges face-mask mandate as community transmission rates stabilize, and U.S. government orders 66 million doses of Moderna’s pending booster
Los Angeles County has dropped a plan for a universal indoor face-mask mandate as COVID cases and hospitalizations have stabilized, with community transmission expected to fall to “medium” from “high” in the coming weeks.
Health Director Barbara Ferrer had said two weeks ago that the U.S.’s most populous county could again require face coverings if trends in hospital admissions continued, under criteria set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as the Associated Press reported.
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Amid the latest COVID-19 resurgence sweeping the nation, some top health officials are asking Americans to wear face masks again in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.
Officials such as White House COVID-19 response coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky have repeatedly encouraged jurisdictions to use the CDC’s community level COVID-19 map, which seeks to identify the risk level of COVID-19 in communities across the country, to help them decide if they should reimplement mitigation measures.
From the RightLA Abandons Plan To Reimpose Mask Mandate As Multiple Cities Refused Enforcement
In a somewhat surprising turn of events for the medical tyranny, Los Angeles County has abandoned its plan to reimpose indoor mask mandate as COVID cases and hospitalizations stabilize.
The county entered the "high" category two weeks ago when the average daily rate of COVID-related hospital admissions rose above 10 per 100,000 residents. As of last Thursday, the rate was 11.7 admissions per 100,000 residents.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said cases may have slowed, but he supports whatever health officials decide.
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