Headline RoundupJuly 15th, 2021

Los Angeles County Reinstates Indoor Mask Mandate

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Los Angeles County announced Thursday it will reinstate an indoor mask mandate for residents regardless of their COVID-19 vaccination status. The manate will go into effect on Sunday. This comes after the county suggested two weeks ago that both vaccinated and unvaccinated residents wear masks amid the spread of the Delta variant. “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 now,” county health officer Dr. Muntu Davis said Thursday. The Los Angeles Times (Lean Left bias) reported an average of 1,077 new cases each day in the past week, a 261% increase from the daily average two weeks ago. Davis said he expects the mandate to remain until the county sees improvements in case transmissions. 

Coverage from the left and center tended to highlight rising COVID-19 case numbers in the county, and speculate whether other regions with surging case numbers would follow suit. Some voices on the right criticized the decision, calling it a "fear-driven" attempt to encourage more residents to get vaccinated. 

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