California Extends Indoor Mask Mandate until Feb. 15 as New Infections Soar

The California Department of Public Health has extended the statewide indoor masking requirement one month, through Feb. 15, in response to dramatic increases in the numbers of new COVID-19 cases across the state because of the omicron variant.

Masks must be worn in all indoor public places regardless of vaccine status, the department said in a Wednesday evening post on Twitter.

“To ensure that we collectively protect the health and well-being of all Californians; keep schools open for in-person instruction; and allow California's economy to remain open and thrive, the California Department of Public Health is requiring masks to be worn in all indoor public settings, irrespective of vaccine status, until Feb. 15.”

The requirement will be updated as health officials continue to assess conditions, the department said later.

“Over the last two weeks, the statewide seven-day average case rate has increased by more than sixfold and hospitalizations have doubled,” state health officials said in an evening statement Jan. 5. “While the percentage of Californians fully vaccinated and boosted continues to increase, we continue to have areas of the state where vaccine coverage is low, putting individuals and communities at greater risk for COVID-19.”

The statement said that because hospitals are over capacity, “the surge in cases and hospitalizations has materially impacted California's health care delivery system within many regions of the state.”

“The COVID-19 vaccines remain effective in preventing serious disease, hospitalization, and death from the SARS-CoV-2 virus,” the department reported. “Unvaccinated persons are more likely to get infected and spread the virus which is transmitted through the air and concentrates indoors.”

“This measure brings an added layer of mitigation as the Omicron variant, a Variant of Concern as labeled by the World Health Organization, continues to increase in prevalence across California, the United States, and the world and spreads much more easily than the original SARS-CoV-2 virus and the Delta variant,” said state health officials.

The state noted that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in December said atleast 10 studies have confirmed the benefit of universal masking in community level analyses: in a unified hospital system, a German city,two U.S. states, a panel of 15 U.S. states and Washington, D.C., as well as both Canada and the U.S.

“Each analysis demonstrated that, following directives for universal masking, new infections fell significantly,” the state reported.

“The masking requirement in California schools has allowed us to keep schools open when compared to other parts of the country. California accounts for roughly 12% of all U.S. students, but only 1% of COVID-19 related school closures,” state officials said.

Masks are required for all individuals in all indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status. Surgical masks or higher-level respirators (e.g., N95s, KN95s, KF94s) with good fit are recommended.

See State Health Officer Order for a full list of high-risk congregate and other healthcare settings where surgical masks are required for unvaccinated workers, and recommendations for respirator use for unvaccinated workers in healthcare and long-term care facilities in situations or settings not covered by Cal OSHA ETS or ATD.

For additional information on types of masks, the most effective masks, and ensuring a well-fitted mask, individuals should refer to CDPH Get the Most out of Masking and see CDPH Masking Guidance Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

No person can be prevented from wearing a mask as a condition of participation in an activity or entry into a business.

The following individuals are exempt from wearing masks at all times:

  • Persons younger than two years old. Very young children must not wear a mask because of the risk of suffocation.
  • Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a mask. This includes persons with a medical condition for whom wearing a mask could obstruct breathing or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a mask without assistance.
  • Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
  • Persons for whom wearing a mask would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines.

 

37 Comments

  1. CA?, NY? = Permanent Pandemic Panic Pushers…

    ————— Freedom Vs Oppression… ——————

    Common sense comes slowly to some Dems… but it does exist.

    Many like CA (D) Rep Eric Swalwell are happy to lock-down their constituents
    and go to a “Free State” to enjoy Freedom.

    CO Gov J. Polis (D) says:
    No More Mask Mandates – Emergencies do Not Last Forever. (13Dec2021)
    “The Emergency is Over.
    You know, public health [officials] don’t get to Tell People What To Wear;
    that’s just not their job,”
    “You don’t tell people to wear a jacket when they go out in winter and force them to [wear it].
    If they get frostbite, it’s their own darn fault.”
    “At this point, if you haven’t been vaccinated, it’s really your own darn fault,”

    ……………………..
    MI Gov Gretchen Whitmer (D) says:
    NO Mask mandate in sight,
    despite new variant and peaking COVID-19 numbers (29Nov2021)
    “Sweeping mandates are less likely to influence and
    encourage that population to get vaccinated,” (21Dec2021)

    ……………………..
    NJ Gov P. Murphy (D) says: ….
    Vaccines, Mask wearing by Choice going to work for us … (19Dec2021)
    “In New Jersey, Face Masks have not been required in
    many outdoor & indoor settings since late May…”

    ……………………….

  2. “Masks are required for all individuals in all indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status. Surgical masks or higher-level respirators (e.g., N95s, KN95s, KF94s) with good fit are recommended.”

    I thought the Ministry of Truth, the Committee for Public Safety and Freedom, and all 17 Agencies from the Intelligence Community said only N95s masks do anything.

    So why only mandate cloth masks, why not mandate N95s.

  3. As of 01/05/2022 there was 12,477 cases total NEW CASES for the week starting 12/29/2021 all variants in Santa Clara County AND there are only 45 ICU beds out of 3800. There appears to be a lag regarding deaths, because they need to do an autopsy to prove the death, the latest records show 6 deaths in the week of Dec 11 to 16 in Santa Clara County, before the current surge.

    If say only 5% of these cases end up needing ICU beds, that would come to a new need of 624 ICU beds, but since there are only 45 available you would have 580 people die due to no place to go.

    With regards to the state the 7 day average of new cases is 52,855 from yesterday’s 39,660 (an increase of nearly 13,200) and the state 7 day average is 53 deaths per day.

    Just understand this fact if it stays the same for 30 days here is the real problem, the new cases in Santa Clara county will be 53,472 NEW CASES. If you calculate the state figures if we stay the same it is 30 times 52,855 which comes to 1,585,650 and given that there is only 39,510,000 that means 1 out of 25 will be infected in 30 days. Now given that there are 1,928,000 people in Santa Clara County some would argue that 57,095 is nothing to be concerned about. Except for the fact that the ICU beds will be long gone. But if these people can be PREVENTED from being infected, WHY NOT?

    AGAIN ARE WE SAFE?

  4. We tried it your way!!! We allowed the FREE MARKET to start acting SAFELY by not REQUIRING safe practices!!!

    What happened? an explosion of new cases of ALL VARIANTS!!! Face it, if you do not have COMPLIANCE requirements, the safety of products or in this case COVID is not releiable!!!

    You have yourselves to blame!!! WE out here taking safe measures are not getting sick as bad, but you guys just load more wood on the fire with gasoline soaked into it!!!

    By the way the NEW VARIANT has been found, here comes the next viral wave!!!

  5. ————————–
    States ranked by COVID-19 death rates: Jan. 6, 2022
    Avg Daily COVID-19 deaths & COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 over the last 7 days as:
    Florida: Deaths per 100,000: 0.10 / Daily average deaths: 21.6
    California: Deaths per 100,000: 0.13 / Daily average deaths: 52.6

    —– “Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-D) the latest blue-state Dem spotted Maskless in Mandate-Free Florida (YahooNews Jan2022) ———-

    “….Swalwell, who claimed last week that Reps had “prolonged” the COVID-19 pandemic, was photographed Maskless as he vacationed with his family in mandate-free Florida.”

    “CA is one of the most locked-down states in the nation.”

    ” FL Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis joked Monday about how DEMs from states with “draconian” coronavirus policies keep popping up in his state for vacation…”

  6. A new variant? Color me SHOCKED!
    By all means, let’s shut down the economy for another two years.

    I mean, it is for your safety. Right?

    Swallwell and AOC go to Florida and do wear masks, but they are better than you.

  7. STICK TO THE SUBJECT:

    As of 01/06/2022 there was 13,823 cases total NEW CASES for the week starting 12/30/2021 all variants in Santa Clara County AND there are only 34 ICU beds out of 3800. There appears to be a lag regarding deaths, because they need to do an autopsy to prove the death, the latest records show 6 deaths in the week of Dec 11 to 16 in Santa Clara County, before the current surge.

    If say only 5% of these cases end up needing ICU beds, that would come to a new need of 691 ICU beds, but since there are only 34 available you would have 660 people die due to no place to go.

    With regards to the state the 7 day average of new cases is 57,019 from yesterday’s 53,472 (an increase of nearly 3,540) and the state 7 day average is 60 deaths per day (it increased 7 today) which means if stays that way 1,800 people WILL DIE!.

    Just understand this fact if it stays the same for 30 days here is the real problem, the new cases in Santa Clara county will be 59,241 NEW CASES ( 5,770 more than it was yesterday which was 53,472). If you calculate the state figures if we stay the same it is 30 times 52,855 which comes to 1,710,570 and given that there is only 39,510,000 that means 1 out of 23 will be infected in 30 days. Now given that there are 1,928,000 people in Santa Clara County some would argue that 59,241 is nothing to be concerned about. Except for the fact that the ICU beds will be long gone. But if these people can be PREVENTED from being infected, WHY NOT?

    AGAIN, ARE WE SAFE?

  8. STICK TO THE SUBJECT:

    As of 01/07/2022 there was 15,909 cases total NEW CASES for the week starting 12/31/2021 (2,000 more cases than yesterday) all variants in Santa Clara County AND there are only 30 ICU beds out of 3800 (4 beds less than yesterday) . There appears to be a lag regarding deaths, on December 31 there were 7 people died in Santa Clara County. I the last 3 months we lost nearly 200 people.

    If say only 5% of these cases end up needing ICU beds, that would come to a new need of 795 ICU beds, but since there are only 30 available you would have 765 people die due to no place to go.

    With regards to the state the 7 day average of new cases is 62,094 from yesterday’s 57,019 (an increase of nearly 5,100) and the state 7 day average is 57 deaths per day (it decreased 3 today) which means if stays that way 1,710 people WILL DIE!.

    Just understand this fact if it stays the same for 30 days here is the real problem, the new cases in Santa Clara county will be 59,241 NEW CASES ( 5,770 more than it was yesterday which was 53,472). If you calculate the state figures if we stay the same it is 30 times 62,094 which comes to 1,862,820 and given that there is only 39,510,000 that means 1 out of 21 will be infected in 30 days. Now given that there are 1,928,000 people in Santa Clara County some would argue that 68,181 is nothing to be concerned about. Except for the fact that the ICU beds will be long gone. But if these people can be PREVENTED from being infected, WHY NOT?

    AGAIN, ARE WE SAFE?

  9. CA, NY = Permanent Pandemic Panic Pushers…

    Driving some Folks to persistent Fear-mongering.

    ————— Freedom Vs Oppression… ——————

    Another blue-state Dem spotted Maskless in Mandate-Free Florida.

    ———–
    States ranked by COVID-19 death rates:
    Jan. 7, 2022
    Avg Daily COVID-19 Deaths & COVID-19 Deaths per 100,000 over the last 7 days:

    Florida: Deaths per 100,000: 0.09 / Daily avg deaths: 20.3
    California: Deaths per 100,000: 0.14 / Daily avg deaths: 56.9
    NY State: Deaths per 100,000: 0.52 / Daily avg deaths: 102

    CA & NY are the most locked-down Mandate states in the nation.

    —– “Rep. OcasioCortez’s Florida Trip Shows Something Even Worse Than Hypocrisy –
    ‘It Is HIERARCHY’ (IJR Jan2022) ——

    AOC’s shameless inconsistencies – makes the grating liberal’s hypocrisy look good by comparison.

    “…arrogance of reveling in the kind of immunity to convention enjoyed by the rulers of communist states who are free to ignore the rules their regimes impose on those unfortunate enough to live under them.”

    In NYC “… 2 yr olds in her district are force-masked for hours at daycare and NYC schoolchildren are eating lunch outside in freezing temperatures.”

    “Rules for thee, not for me”

    “AOC’s behavior is not hypocrisy — it is HIERARCHY.
    By openly flouting the same rules that she pushes on her constituents,
    she is signaling that she is Powerful and Does NOT have to Abide by the same restrictions as the peasants.”
    — Christina Pushaw (@ChristinaPushaw) January 3, 2022

    “For all their talk of “Equity” & “Inclusion” and whatever progressive buzzwords are being used at the moment, the modern DEM Party is aiming at establishing a two-tiered system of power…”

    —- “Welcome to Florida, AOC!
    Team DeSantis reminds visiting lawmaker who to thank for ‘Taste of Freedom’ in Miami” —-

    #AOCLovesDeSantis

  10. Ca patriot, you have serious issues with comparing the states here. The first is that Florida has a completely different type of living arrangement than Ca. In fact that makes it impractical to use the kind of measures you used here. For example, the movement of people and the interaction factors in comparison is almost 5 times that of Florida. In fact most of Florida is not what is called urban, but rural. So please stop drawing comparisons between apples and oranges here. Now as far as the smearing of politicians to distract from the current building crisis of Covid, that does not provide any solution nor does it provide any constructive discussion does it? What is your solution to the growing problems I am tracking?

  11. Follow the science. Not the political science. People who are fully vaccinated get and easily spread covid. According to a recent study in the Lancet, “fully vaccinated individuals with breakthrough infections have peak viral load similar to unvaccinated cases and can transmit infection…” Likewise, “People who get vaccine breakthrough infections can be contagious,” says the CDC. Therefore, vaccinated people Even more compelling, …“vaccinated individuals still have the potential to infect others. Worse, one CDC report shows that vaccinated people can still be superspreaders. If vaccinated people still get and spread covid with the same viral load as unvaccinated people then vaccinated people should be tested for covid in the same manner as unvaccinated people, correct? Correct. CDC also states, “vaccination is NOT sufficient to prevent transmission of covid virus.” If vaccination is not sufficient to prevent transmission of covid virus, then why are employees being fired for not being vaccinated? An irrational fear of covid doesn’t entitle a workplace to discriminate against persons based on vaccine status. Simply put, there are no compelling or extraordinary reasons to selectively discriminate against unvaccinated people when vaccinated people can still infect others, have similar viral load and be contagious. Therefore, given the absence of logical grounds to continue such discrimination employers should immediately cease and desist such discrimination. An unvaccinated person carries the same level of safety as a vaccinated person, given both can get and spread covid. A more rational, fair and least restrictive solution would be to provide rapid covid testing for all employees, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, provide free testing at stores, schools and hospitals and require all people to wear masks indoors until there’s ample evidence of herd immunity. The highly transmissible Omicron variant could help countries reach herd immunity as cases continue to rise, health experts say. More compelling, experts say Omnicrom is, “less severe than other variants” and “delta variant is the most common worldwide variant.” Thus, the Biden admins argument that Omicrom is a threat is a falsehood. Nobody wants to get covid. But it’s going to happen. Thus, it’s more important to take rational, reasonable steps and to put more effort into treating covid, not firing nurses, doctors, teachers, who don’t want to get a vaccine that the sciense itself says, “Is not sufficient to prevent transmission of covid.”

    Therefore, someone’s irrational, idiotic, absurd fear of covid does not rise to the level of allowing discrimination. People who are fully vaccinated that claim to be “afraid” of unvaccinated are not following the science. Science says fully vaccinated people can, do and are spreading covid. Finally,

    Sources: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/cdc-report-shows-vaccinated-people-can-spread-covid-19/ar-AAML2bE https://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099(21)00648-4/fulltext
    https://www.ibtimes.com/covid-19-herd-immunity-possible-omicron-cases-surge-experts-say-3369737d.

  12. Doing the exact opposite of what the “science” says we should do. Congratulations California! We should probably needlessly close restaurants and bars too.

  13. No, Goldy, get out of your house sometime and you’ll see people in Florida and people in California live exactly the same. They go to school, supermarkets, church and so on. You know, all the super spreader places that never super spread anything. Truth is that people in Florida just aren’t weak like people in California. Or, maybe your hoax is up.

  14. Am I the only one in the world that questions the comical but potentially dangerous “double mask” idea? This is completely wrong on so many levels it is difficult to believe that anyone would suggest such an absurdly dangerous idea. First, masks are tested to standards and I know of no testing standard that calls out a test for using one certified mask with a second random uncertified mask. Second, we already have certified masks that are readily available depending upon what you are trying to accomplish. Using a second uncertified mask with a certified mask could potentially interfere with the seal of the certified mask or impair proper airflow of the certified mask. For a government agency to publish such dangerous recommendations is quite astonishing. Scary world we live in today where people who would make such recommendations are allowed to keep their jobs.

  15. STICK TO THE SUBJECT:

    As of 01/08/2022 there was 13,909 cases total NEW CASES for the week starting 01/01/2022 (BUT THE DATA WAS MISSING REGARDING JAN 7) all variants in Santa Clara County AND there are only 30 ICU beds out of 3800 (4 beds less than yesterday) . There appears to be a lag regarding deaths, on December 31 there were 7 people died in Santa Clara County. I the last 3 months we lost nearly 200 people.

    If say only 5% of these cases end up needing ICU beds, that would come to a new need of 795 ICU beds, but since there are only 30 available you would have 765 people die due to no place to go.

    With regards to the state the 7 day average of new cases is 74,577 from yesterday’s 62,094 (an increase of nearly 12,100) and the state 7 day average is 77 deaths per day (it decreased 20 in 2 days) which means if stays that way 2,310 people WILL DIE!.

    Just understand this fact if it stays the same for 30 days here is the real problem, SINCE THE DATA WAS MISSING I CANNOT PROVIDE THE COUNTY FIGURES. If you calculate the state figures if we stay the same it is 30 times 74,577 which comes to 2,237,310 and given that there is only 39,510,000 that means 1 out of 19 will be infected in 30 days. But if these people can be PREVENTED from being infected, WHY NOT?

    AGAIN, ARE WE SAFE?

  16. CA, NY = Permanent Pandemic Panic Pushers…
    ..
    Driving some Folks to compulsive Fear-Mongering.
    ..
    ————— Freedom Vs Oppression… ——————
    ..
    Supreme Court Justice Spreads COVID Dis-Information or is just COVID clueless?
    ———–
    States ranked by COVID-19 death rates:
    Jan. 7, 2022
    Avg Daily COVID-19 Deaths & COVID-19 Deaths per 100,000 over the last 7 days:

    FLORIDA: Deaths per 100,000: 0.09 / Daily avg deaths: 20.3
    California: Deaths per 100,000: 0.14 / Daily avg deaths: 56.9
    NY State: Deaths per 100,000: 0.52 / Daily avg deaths: 102
    Wash DC: Deaths per 100,000: 0.28 / Daily avg deaths: 2
    ..
    CA & NY are the most locked-down Mandate states in the nation.
    Add Washington DC as a “Most Locked-Down” region.

    ————————————————

    Apparently Sotomayor Spreads COVID Disinfo at OSHA Mandate Oral Arguments.

    Is this is the type of Justices/ Judges deciding Covid Mandate Constitutionality?
    did they not do their homework?
    Or just watching too much mis-info MSNBC gas-lighters?

    —– “Justice Sotomayor Falsely Claims 100,000 Children in ‘Serious Condition’ from Covid
    (YahooNews Jan7th, 2022) ——

    “We have hospitals that are almost at full capacity with people severely ill on ventilators. We have over 100,000 children, which we’ve never had before, in serious condition, and many on ventilators,” Sotomayor claimed.

    Sotomayor also said that Omicron is as deadly as Delta.

    The current number of confirmed pediatric hospitalizations of children who also tested pos for Covid in the U.S. is 3,342….
    Additionally, the total number of children hospitalized who also tested pos for Covid from Aug2020 thru Jan2022 is 81,923, the CDC states.

    CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky told reporters that CDC data on pediatric Covid hospitalizations includes patients who were admitted to the hospital for a separate issue.

    Even A. Fauci warned last week that the hospitalization spike in pediatric admissions was relatively mild and almost entirely correlative,
    or in simpler terms, admissions With COVID-19 rather than admissions Because of COVID-19.

    Case Counts and a large part of hospitalizations have less meaning with the Cold-Like Omicron…. as more people who have to get admitted to the hospital for other reasons have also been exposed to Omicron…especially since Omicron is 95% of all detected cases now.

    …in many cases (almost 50%) correlated COVID diagnoses for hospitalizations are treating unrelated conditions requiring hospitalization.

  17. Ca PAtriot, you are aware that the state of Florida is NOT following the same CDC standards regarding testing. In fact Florida is well known to attempt to prevent detection of Covid even in the deaths. Even the local news states “Florida Department of Health Issues COVID-19 Testing Guidance That Contradicts CDC’s: While the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges anyone who may have been exposed to COVID-19 get tested, the state is taking a different approach”. In effect they are preventing people being tested. They only test 815 peopole for 100,000 wheresas California is testing 871 per 100,000. Thus you cannot expect the Florida information you just stated to be accurate or comparable. THe reports are proving this too “COVID-19 Data Misrepresented by Florida Governor: The South Florida Sun Sentinel reported that the Florida Department of Health had commenced an inquiry into the state’s reporting of COVID-19 deaths, after Governor Ron DeSantis suggested that the official reports overstate the number of deaths. According to the report, Governor DeSantis and members of his staff repeatedly questioned the accuracy of the COVID-19 death rates, with his press secretary Fred Piccolo Jr. tweeting: “we can tell you definitively that Florida is counting deaths that were not directly caused by COVID-19.” Mr. Piccolo has also sought to downplay the COVID-19 pandemic in other ways. On one occasion, he erroneously tweeted: “we had one COVID death in Florida yesterday . . yes you read that right. One.” In fact, on the day in question, there were 47 deaths. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and other independent public health experts suggest that Florida’s total death toll from the pandemic is actually understated. Experts noted that Governor DeSantis’ administration has used a COVID-19 infection rate that gives “more weight to negative test” results, and thus skews the results. Governor DeSantis has used the skewed rate to justify reopening schools and businesses. In response to criticism, Mr. Piccolo denied that Governor was attempting to question the official death toll, stating “[n]o one in the administration is trying to cast doubt on the number of COVID deaths, we are trying to get to the facts.”
    STOP TRYING TO DISTRACT FROM THE REAL PROBLEM!

  18. WHat a amazing story, the Santa Clara County has stopped reporting cases as of Jan 7.

    Not reporting 0 cases, but not reporting anything!!!

  19. People Die.

    Get over it.

    I warned everybody back in 2020 that this nonsense would never end. Everyone or so it seemed laughed at me in 2020.

  20. CA, NY = Permanent Pandemic Panic Pushers…
    ..
    Driving some Folks to obsessive Fear-Mongering.
    ..
    ————— Freedom Vs Oppression… ——————
    ..
    Covid Cases mostly meaningless for the winter Cold-Like Omicron… Omicron is 95% of all detected cases now… And
    in NewYorkCity over Half of Covid Hospitalizations were Not Due to Covid.
    ———–
    States ranked by COVID-19 death rates:
    Jan. 10, 2022
    Avg Daily COVID-19 Deaths & COVID-19 Deaths per 100,000 over the last 7 days:
    FLORIDA: Deaths per 100,000: 0.12 / Daily avg deaths: 26.3
    California: Deaths per 100,000: 0.20 / Daily avg deaths: 78.3
    NY State: Deaths per 100,000: 0.68 / Daily avg deaths: 133
    Wash DC: Deaths per 100,000: 0.28 / Daily avg deaths: 2
    ..
    CA & NY are the most locked-down Mandate states in the nation.
    Add Washington DC as a “Most Locked-Down” region.
    ————————————————

    —– “Almost 50% of reported NY COVID Hospitalizations are Not Due to COVID (YahooNews Jan7th, 2022) ——

    New York Gov. Kathy Hochul released data breaking down COVID-19 hospitalizations by those who were admitted due to the virus and those who were admitted for other reasons but were found to also have the Covid when tested at admittance.

    According to the provided statistics, in approximately 43% of hospital admissions
    “COVID was not included as one of the reasons for admission.”

    “…the same data (showed) a Staggering 51% of COVID Hospitalizations in NYC were Not Due to COVID or related symptoms.
    The numbers show that 3,060 patients were hospitalized for reasons other than COVID, while only 2,992 were admitted due to the illness.”

    Data sets reported publicly are not fully clear on reporting admissions With COVID-19 rather than admissions Because of COVID-19.

  21. Ca Patriot,

    You are aware that the state of Florida is NOT following the same CDC standards regarding testing. In fact Florida is well known to attempt to prevent detection of Covid even in the deaths. Even the local news states “Florida Department of Health Issues COVID-19 Testing Guidance That Contradicts CDC’s: While the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges anyone who may have been exposed to COVID-19 get tested, the state is taking a different approach”. In effect they are preventing people being tested. They only test 815 peopole for 100,000 wheresas California is testing 871 per 100,000. Thus you cannot expect the Florida information you just stated to be accurate or comparable. THe reports are proving this too “COVID-19 Data Misrepresented by Florida Governor: The South Florida Sun Sentinel reported that the Florida Department of Health had commenced an inquiry into the state’s reporting of COVID-19 deaths, after Governor Ron DeSantis suggested that the official reports overstate the number of deaths. According to the report, Governor DeSantis and members of his staff repeatedly questioned the accuracy of the COVID-19 death rates, with his press secretary Fred Piccolo Jr. tweeting: “we can tell you definitively that Florida is counting deaths that were not directly caused by COVID-19.” Mr. Piccolo has also sought to downplay the COVID-19 pandemic in other ways. On one occasion, he erroneously tweeted: “we had one COVID death in Florida yesterday . . yes you read that right. One.” In fact, on the day in question, there were 47 deaths. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and other independent public health experts suggest that Florida’s total death toll from the pandemic is actually understated. Experts noted that Governor DeSantis’ administration has used a COVID-19 infection rate that gives “more weight to negative test” results, and thus skews the results. Governor DeSantis has used the skewed rate to justify reopening schools and businesses. In response to criticism, Mr. Piccolo denied that Governor was attempting to question the official death toll, stating “[n]o one in the administration is trying to cast doubt on the number of COVID deaths, we are trying to get to the facts.”
    STOP TRYING TO DISTRACT FROM THE REAL PROBLEM!

  22. STICK TO THE SUBJECT:

    As of 01/09/2022 there was 27,309 cases total NEW CASES for the week starting 01/02/2022. My last report of complete data for the previous week of 12/31/2021 to 01/06/2022 was 15,909 (an increase of 11,400 all variants in Santa Clara County in only 2 days) AND there are only 42 ICU beds out of 3800 . There appears to be a lag regarding deaths, on December 31 there were 7 people died in Santa Clara County. I the last 3 months we lost nearly 200 people.

    If say only 5% of these cases end up needing ICU beds, that would come to a new need of 1,364 ICU beds, but since there are only 42 available you would have 1,322 people die due to no place to go.

    With regards to the state the 7 day average of new cases is 74,709 from yesterday’s 74,599 and the state 7 day average is 78 deaths per day (it decreased 20 in 2 days) which means if stays that way 2,340 people WILL DIE!.

    Just understand this fact if it stays the same for 30 days here is the real problem, the new cases in Santa Clara county will be 30 times 3,157 or 117,039 NEW CASES, now given we have only 1,900,000 people in the county the likelihood is that at this point 1 out of 20 people in the county is going to get infected. If you calculate the state figures if we stay the same it is 30 times 74,709 which comes to 2,241,270 and given that there is only 39,510,000 that means 1 out of 19 will be infected in 30 days. But if these people can be PREVENTED from being infected, WHY NOT?

    AGAIN, ARE WE SAFE?

  23. CA, NY = Permanent Pandemic Panic Pushers…
    ..
    Driving some Folks to Fanatical Fear-Mongering.
    ..
    ————— Freedom Vs Oppression… ——————
    ..
    Covid Cases mostly meaningless with winter Cold-Like Omicron…being 95% of all detected cases now… And
    Now the CDC admits,
    Over 75% Of COVID Deaths In vaccinated Had ‘At Least 4 Co-morbidities’…
    ———–
    States ranked by COVID-19 death rates:
    Jan. 10, 2022
    Avg Daily COVID-19 Deaths & COVID-19 Deaths per 100,000 over the last 7 days:
    FLORIDA: Deaths per 100,000: 0.12 / Daily avg deaths: 26.3
    California: Deaths per 100,000: 0.20 / Daily avg deaths: 78.3
    NY State: Deaths per 100,000: 0.68 / Daily avg deaths: 133
    Wash DC: Deaths per 100,000: 0.28 / Daily avg deaths: 2
    ..
    CA & NY are the most locked-down Mandate states in the nation.
    Washington DC as a “Most Locked-Down” region.
    ————————————————

    —– “CDC director says 75% of COVID-19 deaths ‘had 4 or More Co-Morbidities’ (RCP Jan10th, 2022) ——
    ..
    “Dr. Rochelle Walensky, CDC director, said 75% of People who Died of COVID-19 had at least 4 Co-Morbidities… So really these are people who were unwell to begin with.”
    ..
    “Walensky said that, Up To 40% Of Hospitalizations “With” Covid Are Not “Because Of” Covid.”
    Earlier. in the week..
    “…Dr. Anthony Fauci said on TV that statistics on child hospitalizations are being overblown.
    ..
    —-“Walensky Dodges on How Many U.S. Covid Deaths Are Actually Caused by Covid (YahooNews Jan9th,2022) —-

    “CDC director Rochelle Walensky failed to clarify how many of the 836,000 U.S. patients whose deaths were attributed to Covid in the last 2 yrs had underlying medical conditions.”

    “Walensky’s lack of awareness of the specifics of the Covid death breakdown is consequential because DEM Governors and politicians have used the argument of the virus’s lethality to Justify Sweeping Social Restrictions
    and with them the erosion of civil liberties.”

    “A higher count of people who died with Covid rather than as a result of it could suggest that blanket Policies Were & Are Improper for Addressing the Pandemic…”

  24. Ca Patriot:

    You remind me of the original V miniseries where aliens land on earth and take over making the world a fascist state. But what they do is make the claim that SCIENTISTS are conspiring to make living worse for the people of earth. In your case trying to associate SCIENTISTS with a political movement. That is ridiculous and you know it. Anyone with a reasonable understanding unfortunately knows that once a virus like this gets going it is VERY hard to stop. And in this case the FDA is trying to avoid having to keep up with COVID so it says we don’t need updated versions of the vaccine. BUT they are a government agency that is simply overwhelmed because for 40 years there was warnings about what would happen like today, but no one got prepared, and that is equally on ALL POLITICAL PARTIES HERE!!!

    In the end the only way other than just dive into the COVID shark tank and hope the COVID sharks eat the other guy, is to start being responsible and stop making the situation worse. Your argument of “civil liberties” will simply make no sense “if your dead or permanently injured, right”.

    It does not matter is one died solely due to COVID or not, if that death WAS PREVENTABLE by any means, that was a wasted life. The same goes for long haul disabilities caused by infection. Stop trying to avoid the problem, COVID may not be the sole cause, but WITHOUT COVID these people would not have died either as fast or not been impaired like they are now.

  25. CA, NY = Permanent Pandemic Panic Pushers…
    ..
    Driving some Folks to Fantastical Fear-Mongering.
    ..
    ————— Freedom Vs Oppression… ——————
    ..
    Covid Cases mostly meaningless with winter Cold-Like Omicron…being 95% of all detected cases now… And
    UCSF COVID Response Director,
    “….doesn’t Expect Deaths & Hospitalizations to Spike as they have in the past.”
    ..
    ————————-
    States ranked by COVID-19 death rates:
    Jan. 11, 2022
    Avg Daily COVID-19 Deaths & COVID-19 Deaths per 100,000 over the last 7 days:
    FLORIDA: Deaths per 100,000: 0.14 / Daily avg deaths: 30.6
    California: Deaths per 100,000: 0.24 / Daily avg deaths: 95.3
    NY State: Deaths per 100,000: 0.68 / Daily avg deaths: 131.7
    Wash DC: Deaths per 100,000: 0.3 / Daily avg deaths: 2.1
    ..
    CA & NY are the most locked-down Mandate states in the nation.
    Washington DC as a “Most Locked-Down” region.
    ————————————————

    —– “UCSF doctor sees Omicron Peak in 7 to 10 days, says we should prepare to live with COVID” (ABC7 KGOnews Jan5th, 2022) ——
    ..
    “The director of COVID Response at UCSF’s emergency department expects the number of cases brought on by the omicron variant to peak in the next seven to 10 days, but she doesn’t expect deaths and hospitalizations to spike as they have in the past.”
    ..
    Dr. Jeanne Noble said “…steady volume of patients testing positive for COVID but Few Hospitalizations.”
    ..
    “We’ve seen “skyrocketing case numbers,
    the number of people testing positive,
    but Low Levels of Significant Disease from COVID,”
    said Dr. Noble.
    “In fact, our death rate from COVID has actually been declining.”
    There’s a reason for that, says Noble,
    “the virus replicates better in the upper airways, causing More of a COMMON COLD, less replication in the lower airways causing less of pneumonia and serious disease.”.”
    ..
    “There are currently 44 patients with COVID at UCSF hospitals in SF & Oakland.
    Of those patients,
    31 were Admitted for OTHER Ailments but tested positive,
    while 13 were Admitted Because of COVID. “

  26. Ca Patriot,

    I don’t know when that report you wrote about took place, but the facts are hospitalization have increased significantly. Your report is in fact 6 days old. Her opinion is simply proving false by the reality. In fact Sonoma County is going back into currently voluntary STAY AT HOME, but is likely to go further. And this is likely the course for SantaClara. THe facts are the Sacramento Bee recently published the article “California expects a record number of COVID hospitalizations next month as omicron spreads” that hospitializations are actually worse than they were in last years spike.

    What you are doing is exaclty what Donald Trump has argued about the election, cherry picking the best story quotes out of context and out of temporal relevance. In fact the way COVID is going it almost makes just 24 hour old reports obsolete. I remember Donald Trump saying before all the votes were counted that he won the election. You are doing the same thing here.

    How is this for perspectve in the month of December 2021 there was 18,163 cases of Covid and in the first 10 days in January we had 28,408 in Santa Clara County a 56% increase in 1/3rd the month. Again when are you going to stop spreading old or worse information on this forum?

  27. CA, NY = Permanent Pandemic Panic Pushers…
    ..
    Driving some Folks to Neurotic Fear-Mongering.
    ..
    ————— Freedom Vs Oppression… ——————
    ..
    Covid Cases mostly meaningless with winter Cold-Like Omicron…being 95% of all detected cases now… And
    UCSF COVID Response Director,
    “….doesn’t Expect Deaths & Hospitalizations to Spike as they have in the past.”
    ..
    ————————-
    States ranked by COVID-19 death rates:
    Jan. 12, 2022
    Avg Daily COVID-19 Deaths & COVID-19 Deaths per 100,000 over the last 7 days:
    FLORIDA: Deaths per 100,000: 0.18 / Daily avg deaths: 38.9
    California: Deaths per 100,000: 0.23 / Daily avg deaths: 89.4
    NY State: Deaths per 100,000: 0.80 / Daily avg deaths: 155.6
    Wash DC: Deaths per 100,000: 0.34 / Daily avg deaths: 2.4
    ..
    CA & NY are the most locked-down Mandate states in the nation.
    Washington DC as a “Most Locked-Down” region.
    ————————————————

    —– “Health experts say Omicron is headed for a Sharp Drop, most Americans will get infected,” (Jan11th, 2022) ——
    ..
    “…scientists are seeing signals that …Omicron wave may have peaked in Britain and is about to do the same in the U.S., at which point cases may start dropping off dramatically.”
    ..
    “…”It’s going to come down as fast as it went up,”
    University of Washington health model predicts that daily cases will peak at 1.2 million by Jan19th then start plummeting,
    “simply because everybody who could be infected will be infected.””
    ..
    “Where we are now…is record-high averages of COVID infections and hospitalizations,
    but significantly below-peak ICU occupancy and deaths.”

    “At the end of this wave, far more people will have been infected by some variant of COVID,” … (Imparting a Natural Immunity…)

    “Omicron may be that point where we transition from what is a catastrophic global threat to something that’s a much more manageable disease.”
    ..

  28. CA Patriot,

    Here we go again with the MYTH of NATURAL IMMUNITY. The problem, COVID has proven to actually REINFECT those that recover from previous infections. THUS, THERE IS NO NATURAL IMMUNITY!!! December 23rd there was a great article in the Journal of the American Medical Association AND Johns Hopkins has proven this is FALSE. This idea of NATURAL IMMUNITY has been in fact the default argument to say to the public, GET COVID so you can be immune. The PROBLEM, that as much as 30% of the people who get COVID have long term impairment along with the 1-2% fatality. Let’s do the math, in Santa Clara County there are 1,900,000 people, let’s say in 1 instance of COVID the entire population gets infected, than 30% or 570,000 people will have long term problems and 19,000 will die. That is based on the PRIMARY infection and NOT any Secondary reinfections. Especially when there will be new variants that keep occurring. Since there is no proven permanent NATURAL IMMUNITY!

    AND MOST HERE JUST SAY TO LET THE PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA JUMP INTO THE COVID SHARK TANK AND HOPE THE SHARKS DO NOT KILL OR MAME YOU? THIS IS NOT A PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY IT IS A CRUEL METHOD OF ABUSING THE PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA.

    AGAIN, ARE WE SAFE?

  29. STICK TO THE SUBJECT:

    As of 01/11/2022 there was 22,137 cases total NEW CASES for the week starting 01/05/2022. There have been 37,406 cases in the month of January and in the month of December there were 18,163, which means now that as of today there is an 105% rise in case only up to today versus the ENTIRE month of December, and if you take the entire month daily average and multiply by 20 you can expect to have 68,930 more cases this month which will come to a total of 112,218 cases. Since there are 1,900,000 that will be 5.9% of the county, or about 1 out of 16 will be infected at the end of January. And again, if only 5% require any hospitalization it will come to 5,611 people needing medical attention. And let’s just say even if only 10% of this needs an ICU that will require 561 ICU beds, but the County has only 32 beds today, which means the other 529 people will have to find other ICU beds. BUT the region has only Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, Santa Cruz County, San Francisco County, Marin County, Contra Costa County and Alameda County, which has a total of 240 open ICU beds at this time. WHERE ARE THESE PEOPLE GOING TO GO?

    With regards to the state since Jan 1st we have had 1,322,054 cases and mtd moving average being 120,186 and if you add the moving average for the rest of the month there will be a total of 3,725,789 and since the population of California is 39,510,000 that means by the end of the month about 9.4% of the state will be infected. Again, if you take my 5% requiring hospitalization you will need 186,289 beds and if only 10% of those need ICUS then you will need 18,629 ICU beds. There are only 1,517 available beds NOW in the state which means 17,112 people are out of luck!!!

    In the state since January 1, there has been a total of 738 deaths, and if you average out them and multiply by 20 you should get an expected 1,341 deaths to come to a total of 2,079 deaths at the end of January at this time.

    AND MOST HERE JUST SAY TO LET THE PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA JUMP INTO THE COVID SHARK TANK AND HOPE THE SHARKS DO NOT KILL OR MAME YOU? THIS IS NOT A PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY IT IS A CRUEL METHOD OF ABUSING THE PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA.

    AGAIN, ARE WE SAFE?

  30. CA, NY = Permanent Pandemic Panic Pushers…
    ..
    Driving some Folks to Hysterical Fear-Mongering.
    ..
    ————— Freedom Vs Oppression… ——————
    ..
    Covid Cases mostly meaningless with winter Cold-Like Omicron..being 95% of all detected cases now… And
    UCSF COVID Response Director,
    “….doesn’t Expect Deaths & ICU Hospitalizations to Spike as they have in the past.”
    ..
    ————————-
    States ranked by COVID-19 death rates:
    Jan. 13, 2022
    Avg Daily COVID-19 Deaths & COVID-19 Deaths per 100,000 over the last 7 days:
    FLORIDA: Deaths per 100K: 0.18 / Daily avg deaths: 39.6
    CAlifornia: Deaths per 100K: 0.23 / Daily avg deaths: 89.7
    NY State: Deaths per 100K: 0.85 / Daily avg deaths: 164.7
    Wash DC: Deaths per 100K: 0.36 / Daily avg deaths: 2.6
    ..
    CA & NY are the most locked-down Mandate states in the nation.
    Washington DC as a “Most Locked-Down” region.
    ————————————————

    —– “Is Omicron Peaking? In …Northeast, it seems to be,” (Jan13th, 2022 NYT) ——
    ..
    “…The number of new Covid cases in NYC rose more than 20x in Dec2021.
    In the past few days, it has flattened.
    In both New Jersey & Maryland, the number of new cases has Fallen slightly this week.
    In several major cities, the number is also showing signs of Leveling Off.”
    ..
    “In Boston, the amount of the Covid virus detected in wastewater,
    …a leading indicator of case trends…plunged by about 40% since its peak Jan. 1.”
    ..
    “A huge Surge in Cases that lasts for about 1 month, followed by a Rapid Decline,
    would be consistent…where Omicron arrived earlier than in the U.S.
    In South Africa, new daily cases have fallen by about 70% from the Dec. peak.”
    ..
    “In Britain, where Covid trends have frequently been a few weeks ahead of those in the U.S., Cases Peaked just after New Year’s and have since fallen…”
    ..
    “Omicron is so contagious that it spreads more quickly…
    Omicron’s brief boom-and-bust cycle is now “a familiar pattern,”
    Joseph Allen of Harvard’s School of Public Health says.
    ..
    “….the Beginning Of The End of the Omicron Wave…
    ..would mean that
    -a milder variant had become the dominant form of Covid
    -no longer causing a surge in cases and overwhelming hospitals.
    -tens of millions of Americans had Built Up Additional Immunity,
    – a big step toward a future in which Covid is an Endemic Disease
    like the Flu..
    a Much More Manageable Disease…
    —————————————-

  31. CA Patriot,

    The SCIENCE is still out, there is no PROOF that it will decelerate as fast as you claim. The real problem is that another VARIANT has been detected and it WILL likely peak in about another 4 months. There is no MANAGEMENT of COVID at this time. And you omitted this information:

    True the report did say:

    “A bumpy descent

    “It would mean that a milder variant HAD BECOME THE DOMINANT FORM OF COVID BUT WAS NO LONGER CAUSING A SURGE IN CASES AND OVERWHELMING HOSPITALS. It would mean that tens of millions of Americans had built up additional immunity, as a result of an Omicron infection. It would mean that the country would have taken a big step toward a future in which Covid is an endemic disease like the flu, rather than a pandemic that dominates life.”

    BUT THERE IS NO PROOF IT IS GOING TO STAY THIS WAY!!!

    In fact, the report said this:

    “Lauren Ancel Meyers, who runs a Covid analysis project at the University of Texas, said that people might soon look back on Omicron as a turning point. “At some point, we’ll be able to draw a line — and Omicron may be that point — WHERE WE TRANSITION FROM WHAT IS A CATASTROPHIC GLOBAL THREAT TO SOMETHING THAT’S A MUCH MORE MANAGEABLE DISEASE,” she told The A.P.

    OF COURSE, AS WE ALL SHOULD HAVE LEARNED BY NOW, COVID COULD ALSO SURPRISE AGAIN. ANOTHER POSSIBILITY, MEYERS SAID, IS THAT A DANGEROUS NEW VARIANT COULD EMERGE THIS SPRING. THAT OUTCOME IS BOTH UNLIKELY AND PLAUSIBLE, WHICH IS ALWAYS A TRICKY COMBINATION TO UNDERSTAND.”

    To be clear, the current emergency is not on the verge of ending. Cases appear to be peaking only in places where Omicron arrived early, mostly in the Northeast. In much of the country, cases are still soaring.

    Already, some hospitals are swamped, and hospitalization trends often trail caseload trends by about a week. Death trends tend to lag by another couple of weeks. “It’s going to be a tough two or three weeks,” Mokdad said. THE U.S. SEEMS ON COURSE FOR A HORRIFIC AMOUNT OF SEVERE ILLNESS IN COMING WEEKS, OVERWHELMINGLY AMONG THE UNVACCINATED.”

    UNTIL THAT DECLINE IS GETTING TO THE POINT IT WAS IN NOVEMBER 2021, WE ARE NOT OUT OF THE WOODS.

    AND MOST HERE JUST SAY TO LET THE PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA JUMP INTO THE COVID SHARK TANK AND HOPE THE SHARKS DO NOT KILL OR MAME YOU? THIS IS NOT A PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY IT IS A CRUEL METHOD OF ABUSING THE PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA.

    AGAIN, ARE WE SAFE?

  32. STICK TO THE SUBJECT:

    As of 01/12/2022 there was 21,198 cases total NEW CASES for the week starting 01/06/2022. There have been 43,097 cases in the month of January and in the month of December there were 18,163, which means now that as of today there is an 138% rise in case only up to today versus the ENTIRE month of December(that is 2.4 times the number as last month) , and if you take the entire month daily average and multiply by 19 you can expect to have 68,930 more cases this month which will come to a total of 111,334 cases. Since there are 1,900,000 that will be 5.9% of the county, or about 1 out of 17 will be infected at the end of January. And again, if only 5% require any hospitalization it will come to 5,566 people needing medical attention. And let’s just say even if only 10% of this needs an ICU that will require 556 ICU beds, but the County has only 42 beds today, which means the other 515 people will have to find other ICU beds. BUT the region has only Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, Santa Cruz County, San Francisco County, Marin County, Contra Costa County and Alameda County, which has a total of 253 open ICU beds at this time. That means and the end of the month we could be short 261 beds for Santa Ckara alone in the region. WHERE ARE THESE PEOPLE GOING TO GO?

    With regards to the state since Jan 1st we have had 1,429,380 cases and mtd moving average being 119,115 and if you add the moving average for the rest of the month there will be a total of 3,811,680 and since the population of California is 39,510,000 that means by the end of the month about 9.7% of the state will be infected. Again, if you take my 5% requiring hospitalization you will need 190,058 beds and if only 10% of those need ICUS then you will need 19,005 ICU beds. There are only 1,516 available beds NOW in the state which means 17,542 people are out of luck!!!

    In the state since January 1, there has been a total of 886 deaths, and if you average out them and multiply by 19 you should get an expected 1,403 deaths to come to a total of 2,289 deaths at the end of January at this time.

    AND MOST HERE JUST SAY TO LET THE PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA JUMP INTO THE COVID SHARK TANK AND HOPE THE SHARKS DO NOT KILL OR MAME YOU? THIS IS NOT A PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY IT IS A CRUEL METHOD OF ABUSING THE PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA.

    AGAIN, ARE WE SAFE?

  33. STICK TO THE SUBJECT:

    As of 01/14/2022 there was 25,017 cases total NEW CASES for the week starting 1/7/2022 all variants in Santa Clara County. As for the month the total cases come to 48,789 and in comparison, to the entire month of December 2021 which had 18,163 cases we have about 2.7 times more cases then the entire month of December. If we add the current amount to the MTD moving average we can expect to have 116,343 cases, the odd of infection are 1 out of 16, and if only 5% of that need medical care than we need 5,817 patients and if only 10% of that require ICU than we should get 582 ICU patients. Thae County has only 46 ICU beds open and the region only has 250 beds, which means for the region 331 patients will be out of luck

    With regards to the state, as of 01/14/2022 there was 823,921 cases total NEW CASES for the week starting 1/7/2022 all variants. As for the month the total cases come to 1,590,952. If we add the current amount to the MTD moving average we can expect to have 3,793,808 cases and out of 39,500,000 that is 9.3% or the odd of infection are 1 out of 11, and if only 5% of that need medical care than we need 189,690 patients and if only 10% of that require ICU than we should get 18,969 ICU patients. The State has only 1,513 beds available which means 17,456 patients will be out of luck.

    AND MOST HERE JUST SAY TO LET THE PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA JUMP INTO THE COVID SHARK TANK AND HOPE THE SHARKS DO NOT KILL OR MAME YOU? THIS IS NOT A PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY IT IS A CRUEL METHOD OF ABUSING THE PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA.

    AGAIN, ARE WE SAFE?

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