Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva stated he won’t implement the reinstated indoor mask mandate as a result of it contradicts guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In a statement Friday, Villanueva stated the division is already underfunded and he “won’t expend our restricted assets” to make sure residents are following the order. He as a substitute requested for voluntary compliance.
“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,” he stated.
Villanueva went on to say that whereas the county Division of Public Well being has the authority to implement the order, he encourages the company to “work collaboratively with the Board of Supervisors and regulation enforcement to determine mandates which can be each achievable and supported by science.”
California reopened its financial system final month. After an increase in coronavirus instances, public well being officers introduced Thursday that each one residents of essentially the most populous county within the nation could be required to put on a masks whereas indoors. The mandate — fueled by the quickening spread of the delta variant — goes into impact late Saturday and can apply to everybody no matter their vaccination standing. The Division of Public Well being stated there shall be a number of exceptions to the order.
“The alarming will increase in instances, positivity charges and the rise in hospitalizations indicators instant motion should be taken to sluggish the unfold of Covid-19,” county Well being Officer Dr. Muntu Davis stated in an announcement. “In any other case, we could shortly see extra devastating sickness and demise among the many tens of millions of residents.”
The county recorded 1,902 new Covid-19 instances and 6 deaths on Friday. The Division of Public Well being stated in a news release that the brand new instances present “alarming developments of elevated neighborhood unfold.”
Of these new instances, 71 % are amongst individuals ages 18 to 49, in keeping with the division. Over 450 persons are at the moment hospitalized with the virus, greater than double the 216 hospitalizations reported a month in the past.
The county’s check positivity charge has additionally elevated to three.8 %. In early June that charge was close to 0.4 %, the division stated.
The CDC has said fully vaccinated individuals don’t have to put on a masks indoors or social distance. The vaccine doesn’t absolutely defend individuals from contracting Covid-19, however it may stop those that are absolutely vaccinated from getting sick or severely in poor health.
Public well being officers in Los Angeles County stated new coronavirus instances amongst absolutely vaccinated residents are low however are nonetheless a priority. Of the greater than 4 million absolutely vaccinated individuals, there have been 4,122 confirmed instances as of Tuesday, the information launch said.
“With out bodily distancing and capability limits throughout a time of considerable neighborhood unfold, masking by everybody indoors is an easy and efficient motion all of us can take to decrease danger of transmission whereas limiting disruption to regular enterprise capability and operations,” Davis stated within the assertion. “The urgency to get extra individuals vaccinated stays excessive with this degree of unfold. For everybody whose eligible and nonetheless ready to get vaccinated, the time to do it’s now.”
Many individuals criticized the county’s order, with some labeling it as a step backward.
“Vaccinated people needn’t put on masks, medical consultants have made that clear,” Kevin Faulconer, who can also be seeking to unseat Gov. Gavin Newsom, stated in an announcement. “We should be reopening our state, not reimposing pointless restrictions. If Gavin Newsom had any frequent sense, he’d step up and oppose this, that is what I am going to do as governor.”
Caitlyn Jenner, the previous Olympian and present gubernatorial candidate, tweeted: “Right here comes Gavin’s shutdown 2.0.”
Newsom didn’t difficulty the masks mandate and has not commented on the order.
Seven different California counties, together with San Francisco and Alameda, issued masks suggestions Friday in response to Los Angeles’ change in coverage. Sacramento and Yolo counties issued indoor masks suggestions earlier within the week, even earlier than Los Angeles tightened its restrictions.