The mandate aims to reduce the spread of COVID-19 amid an increase in cases and the Delta variant. “Across the Bay Area we are seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are again sharply increasing, especially among the unvaccinated. In Contra Costa County, we are alarmed at the rate at which COVID patients are filling our community hospital beds, ”said Dr Chris Farnitano, Contra Costa County Health Officer.
He said the number of hospital patients in Contra Costa County doubled in the past 10 days and increased by more than 400% in July.
“While there may be slight differences between the orders in each jurisdiction issued today, they all have one thing in common. One simple step, wear a mask on the inside to provide an extra layer of protection for everyone, ”he said.
Each county highlighted how the virus is spreading more and more among the unvaccinated population of the Bay Area.
“In Sonoma County, our case rate for unvaccinated people is almost six times higher than for our vaccinated population,” said Dr. Sundari Mase, Sonoma County health manager.
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“It’s not the same virus that we were fighting last year even a few months ago,” she continued. “The Delta variant is 60% more transmissible than previous versions of the coronavirus, and (we have) an increase in the number of people vaccinated now testing positive. “
Health workers from the seven counties implementing the mask mandate highlighted the effectiveness of masks, especially in indoor environments.
“The virus doesn’t care what kind of indoor space you find yourself in, whether it’s in a public building or someone’s house. Anytime you are in an indoor space with other people you don’t live with, there is a risk that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, ”said Dr George Hahn, manager. health assistant in Santa Clara.
The Bay Area isn’t the only region to implement a mask warrant as COVID-19 continues to spread.
Los Angeles and Yolo counties reinstated mask warrants in July.
Napa and Solano counties are now the only two Bay Area counties not included in the indoor mask mandate.
In a statement to ABC7, a Solano County spokesperson said, “Solano County Public Health and the State are monitoring the spread of COVID-19 in our community, we will continue to align with the recommendations of the ‘State. We follow emerging data and science, and will adjust our approach as needed. “
Solano County said the “vast majority” of cases are transmitted at parties, barbecues, picnics and other gatherings, mostly among the unvaccinated and residents in their 20s to 40s.
“The addition of restrictions on businesses does not match our data as the spread of the virus occurs primarily in the home and in private social environments and not in businesses,” the county statement said.
As cases increase, several counties in the Bay Area have said they have also seen an increase in demand for COVID-19 tests.
“In Contra Costa County, we have seen an increased demand for testing and we are working with our local laboratories, and have we opened contracts with additional laboratories to ensure that we have the laboratory capacity to perform these tests as well. than a capacity test site, ”said Dr. Farnitano.
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