Health officials in seven Bay Area counties have asked residents to mask themselves in public again as Covid-19 infections rise across the state.
On Friday afternoon, health officials in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sonoma counties, and the city of Berkeley recommended that “everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors in public places.” to ensure a simple check that all unvaccinated persons are masked in these settings. “
BREAKING: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sonoma counties, and the city of Berkeley recommend indoor masking for everyone as a precaution against the increased spread of COVID-19: https://t.co / nkBirSpHKc pic.twitter.com/HshbquRO6D
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The move comes a day after Los Angeles, Yolo, and Sacramento issued similar guidelines. Collectively, the counties represent about half of California’s 39 million residents.
“This is a moment when everyone on deck is working,” said Dr. Muntu Davis, Los Angeles County Health Officer. “We see that prices are rising too high. We all have to do our part to prevent us from doing anything else. “
California hit 1,000 new Covid infections in 24 hours from 3,611 on Thursday to 4,651 on Friday
The Bay Area counties return to masking restrictions comes on the same day the number of new cases in California rose by more than 1,000, from 3,611 on Thursday to 4,651 on Friday. The last time the state saw such a one-day surge was March 2nd, according to State Tracking. The last time the number of new cases a day topped 4,600 was on February 22nd.
While the county health officials take action, California Governor Gavin Newsom has largely kept quiet about the spike in Covid cases. Newsom, who has been promoting new initiatives because of the state’s massive budget surplus, likes to say that California is “roaring back”. Unfortunately, this assessment applies not only to the country’s positive budgetary position, but also to the Covid-19 infection rates.
Newsom asked itself only a few questions about Covid in the past week, despite its numerous appearances. When he signed the state budget at a political campaign-style event, he did not answer any questions. Even the governor’s latest messages on Twitter did not deal with the rapid increase in cases, but rather urged the Californians to “get vaccinated”. Good advice, say infectious disease experts.