California’s third county turns mask recommendation into warrant. Is the Bay Area next? – .

California’s third county turns mask recommendation into warrant. Is the Bay Area next? – .

Sacramento County became the third county in California to convert its indoor mask recommendation to a warrant a day after new state guidelines encouraged all individuals – regardless of vaccination status – to mask themselves inside.

Los Angeles and Yolo were the counties that had interior mask warrants in place ahead of new state guidelines Wednesday on the most contagious delta variant. Sacramento County announced its tenure Thursday morning. In these three counties, less than 60% of residents are fully immunized; in Sacramento, only 51% completed a series of vaccines.

Currently, no county in the San Francisco Bay Area has converted their recommendations into warrants, a slight surprise given that the region has often been more aggressive than the rest of the state.

Mayor of San Francisco Race of London said Thursday the city “is reviewing mask warrants for vaccinated and unvaccinated people,” but has not indicated when a decision will be made.

The mayor also added that city lawyers were exploring additional vaccine mandates that extend beyond city employees, but did not elaborate further.

The San Francisco Bay Area is the most vaccinated region in the state: more than 60% of residents are fully vaccinated in all nine counties, with the exception of Solano County, where 49% are fully vaccinated, according to state data. (County data shows a higher rate of 58%).

The renewed focus on masking comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines recommending that even vaccinated people resume wearing face coverings indoors in parts of the country where the delta variant causes illnesses. epidemics of infection.

The CDC said the change in focus is based on new evidence showing that while fully vaccinated individuals are protected against serious delta variant disease, they can pass it on to unvaccinated individuals more easily than from other strains of the virus.

According to the CDC map, four Bay Area counties – San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, and Solano – are classified as “high” transmission areas, and the other five – Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Sonoma and Napa – are classified as areas of “substantial” transmission. Masking is currently recommended but not required in all Bay Area counties except Solano.

Editor’s Note: The data in the above table is from the California Department of Public Health. There are sometimes discrepancies between state data and data reported by counties. For standardization purposes, SFGATE used state data.


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