California’s Department of Public Health announces first-in-the-nation rules to stop the spread of COVID-19, effective Aug. 12.
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The California Department of Public Health also mandated that all people visiting a health care setting must confirm their vaccination status or have tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to their indoor visit.
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Santa Clara County has the nation’s highest vaccination rate among large counties, and one of the highest vaccination rates among all counties, according to CDC data. As of June 20, 2021, 80% of residents aged 12 and older have received their first dose, and over 71% of residents aged 12 and older were fully vaccinated.
Workers had been required to wear a mask or other face covering regardless of their vaccination status or whether they worked indoors or outside. The new rules allowing masks went into effect today.
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Officials said the milestone reflects “strong progress” toward their goal to get 85 percent of those 16 and older vaccinated by Aug. 1.
Three sites, at the county Fairgrounds in San Jose, in San Martin and Mountain View, will offer vaccinations by appointment only this week.
The governor's announcement came 10 days after he announced he had received his second Moderna booster at a clinic in Bakersfield.
The mayor said his vaccination against the virus apparently has prevented any serious symptoms so far.
BART reversed itself to reinstate masks, even though the California Department of Public Health also announced last week that it would align with the CDC and drop its own mask requirement for public transit and transit hubs like bus stations and airports.
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The county's seven-day average of new Covid cases has held below 550 for six consecutive days.
Local jurisdictions are free to impose their own requirements, but all students and staff, regardless of vaccination status, will no longer be required by California to wear a mask indoors at schools and child care facilities starting March 12.
Public Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody said state indoor masking requirements would still apply for unvaccinated individuals and in schools and other settings regardless of vaccination status.