Headline RoundupJuly 31st, 2022

Lawmakers Contested on Reinstating Indoor Mask Mandates

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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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