Keep Wearing Masks Indoors, Advise Bay Area Health Officers as COVID Cases Surge

A coalition of Bay Area health officials urged residents across the region today to resume wearing a mask indoors regardless of vaccination status following an uptick in COVID-19 cases.

Officials in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Sonoma counties and the city of Berkeley issued the advisory “out of an abundance of caution” but have yet to issue a new masking mandate for shared indoor spaces like grocery and retail stores.

Santa Clara County reported new cases are averaging 76 per day and the daily case rate is now 3.9 per 100,000 and rising.

In June, the Delta variants comprised 43 percent of all specimens sequenced in California. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted that Delta variants are now responsible for 58 percent of new infections across the country.

The health officials also stressed that fully vaccinated residents remain well-protected both from contracting the virus, including the currently observed variants, and from becoming seriously ill or dying.

Employees are encouraged to continue following the masking guidelines set by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health and their employers. They are also encouraged to wear a mask indoors when their employers has not verified the vaccination status of their co-workers.

The recommendation comes on the heels of Los Angeles County issuing a new mask mandate for indoor spaces this week amid an increase in COVID-19 cases, almost exclusively among the unvaccinated, and the proliferation of the more-transmissible delta variant.

“The delta variant is spreading quickly, and everyone should take action to protect themselves and others against this potentially deadly virus,” Alameda County Health Officer Dr. Nicholas Moss said in a statement.

While the Bay Area is one of the most vaccinated regions in the state and country, local health officials had recognized the potential for renewed mask requirements in recent weeks as the delta variant became more of a threat, particularly for unvaccinated people.

“The Bay Area is very, very diverse and there's hot spots, within the Bay Area, of unvaccinated populations,” Marin County Deputy Health Officer Dr. Lisa Santora said earlier this month. “So we would expect to see, especially in more rural areas (and) consistent with other rural areas across the nation, that you'll see increased rates of cases.”

The indoor masking recommendation, the county health officials said in a joint statement, is intended to help protect unvaccinated residents, who are orders of magnitude more likely right now to contract the virus and be hospitalized with serious illness.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Rochelle Walensky on July 16 went as far as to say the virus “s becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated.”

In Contra Costa County, the seven-day average of new cases per 100,000 residents was 1.7 for fully vaccinated residents as of July 8 and 16.1 per 100,000 for unvaccinated residents.

“The highly infectious delta variant is now the predominant strain in Contra Costa County,” Contra Costa County Health Officer Dr. Chris Farnitano said. “While vaccines remain our best tool against COVID-19, masking in indoor and crowded outdoor settings will help us curb the spread of this latest wave of infection.”

The coalition of health officers is expected to revisit the recommendation in the coming weeks after monitoring local case and hospitalization data.

State officials have also been hesitant, for now, to re-issue mask and social distancing requirements statewide, instead deferring to local health agencies to do what they feel suits their constituents.

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15 Comments

  1. zero evidence this works, zero

    all this fearporn will result in is the poor getting even more poor

    what a joke

  2. Why is it i have to remind you all.

    I WAS PREDICTING THIS WOULD HAPPEN AFTER JULY 4?

    Given that even if the vaccines are 90% effective on a single exposure, if you have more that 9 of them you are likely to be infected on any more ifections than the 10th time, because it is only 90% effective.

    THe fact is as long as the common air in any building is not decontaminated persistantly, every time you go in them is a exposure to the virus. the rise of infections i do hope will level off, but it won’t until we did what we did in the past.

    NOT HIM cannot SCIENTIFICALLY PROVE that it does not work, in fact the history proves otherwise.

  3. So, two weeks has now been changed to two years. At the end of our second year, we we have a new variant that will require another indeterminate number pulled out of Fauchi’s ass. Two decades? I wouldn’t put it past our betters. Hey, as long as they get French Laundry privileges……

    Seriously, stop paying attention to the MSM. They have lied repeatedly.

  4. there is no need to prove it does not work, the state must prove it does work as they are infringing on civil rights, which there is no evidence that mask mandates make any difference

    this is and always has been about control

    if you want to wear a mask, go for it

  5. “The indoor masking recommendation, the county health officials said in a joint statement, is intended to help protect unvaccinated residents, who are orders of magnitude more likely right now to contract the virus and be hospitalized with serious illness.”

    Here’s what I think: If you did not get vaccinated, I do not care about your health. As a vaccinated person, I am not wearing a mask for you. You can get sick, and maybe die. Get vaccinated. It’s free.

  6. Just to go on the record,

    I got vaccinated months ago, but I KNOW that Pfizer already is saying its vaccine is not keeping up, and so far there is no PROOF that my vaccine will protect me from all the variants.

    So I continue to wear a mask.

    Where is theevidence that MASKS are doing more harm than good? THe only thing that has been brought up is higher levels of CO2 in the blood, but nothing to be described as harmful.

    All I can say is go ahead with your rights, but when your rights risk my safety, that is a line you cannot cross. You have to prove that your actinos are SAFE, not ask me to prove your actions are NOT SAFE.

  7. Anyone that would promise that you will be protected by any random cloth draped over your nose and mouth is not following science. That’s the exact opposite of following the science. It’s shameful that the only science medical professionals are interested in is political science. Is it time to put up more comical plexiglass barriers too? Oh the absurdity of it all…

  8. JOE SMITH you wrote:

    “Anyone that would promise that you will be protected by any random cloth draped over your nose and mouth is not following science.”

    NO ONE EVER SAID THAT, THEY ALL SAID THEY HAD TO BE OF MEDICAL PROTECTIVE MATERIAL. YOU ARE JUST TRYING TO MISINFORM THE READERS HERE. I AM TIRED OF THE GARBAGE SO MANY PEOPLE WRITE. You wrote:

    “That’s the exact opposite of following the science.”

    IF ANYONE SUGGESTS THIS AS A GOOD PRACTICE, I AM COMPLETELY BEHIND YOU. BUT YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO IDENTIFY THE SPECIFIC PERSONS THAT CLAIMED THAT JUST “ANY MASK” WILL PROTECT YOU FROM COVID. OTHERWISE, YOU ARE MAKING UNSUBSTANTIATED ALLEGATIONS You wrote:

    “ It’s shameful that the only science medical professionals are interested in is political science. Is it time to put up more comical plexiglass barriers too? Oh the absurdity of it all…”

    AGAIN, GIVE ANY SPECIFIC MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS THAT CLAIM JUST WEARING “ANY MASK” WAS GOING TO PREVENT YOUR INFECTION OF COVID? OTHERWISE, YOU ARE JUST TRYING TO USE UNDOCUMENTED CLAIMS TO ATTACK THOSE YOU DON’T HAVE ANY MEDICAL EDUCATION OR EVIDENCE TO PROVE THIS CLAIM.

  9. Fauci said you can wear two random rags and it would be even better than one. It’s all completely absurd. I’m embarrassed for our generation.

  10. JOE SMITH you wrote:

    “Fauci said you can wear two random rags and it would be even better than one.”

    PLEASE PROVIDE A REPUTABLE SOURCE TO THAT STATEMENT, AND ALSO MAKE SURE HE DIDN’T SAY WEARING ONE ON TOP OF ANOTHER, THUS MAKING SIGNIFICANT “FILTRATION”. IN FACT, MOST IF NOT ALL POSTINGS FROM MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL HAVE SAID YOU SHOULD USE N95 CERTIFIED MASKS AND IF “NOT AVAILABLE” USE TWO LAYERS OF NOT MEDICALLY CERTIFIED MATERIAL. SOME PEOPLE JUST WANT TO MAKE UP STORIES, I NEED PROOF.

    YOU JUST DON’T LIKE THE FACT THAT THE PEOPLE HAVE DEMONSTRATED A LACK OF GOOD SENSE, ESPECIALLY IN THE SO-CALLED RED STATES.

  11. HERE IS ANOTHER WARNIG FROM KGO-TV!!

    IF WE DON’T GET OUR ACTS TOGETHER IN ANOTHER 4-5 WEEKS WE COULD BE BACK TO CODE BLUE. ALL OF YOU SHOULD NOT BE ARGUING ABOUT MASKS AT THIS TIME.

    OR WORSE THERE IS A LAMBDA VARIANT STARTING TO MOVE AND VACCINES ARE NOT AS GOOD AS THE DELTA VARIANT.

    PLEASE STOP THIS INANSITY OR WE WILL BE BACK AT A TOTAL LOCKDOWN AGAIN!!!

  12. VACANCY AS I SAID YOU ARE ALL TAKING ONLY PART OF THE MESSAGE AND NOT LISTENING TO THE REST OF THE STORY, PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE STORY:

    “Could wearing two face masks at once during the pandemic provide more protection than just wearing one? According to White House advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci, “it likely does,” he told NBC News’ TODAY on Monday.

    As Fauci explained, masks are physical coverings that prevent respiratory droplets from spreading to other people and provide a degree of protection to the wearer.

    “SO IF YOU HAVE A PHYSICAL COVERING WITH ONE LAYER, YOU PUT ANOTHER LAYER ON, IT JUST MAKES COMMON SENSE THAT IT LIKELY WOULD BE MORE EFFECTIVE,” FAUCI TOLD TODAY. “THAT’S THE REASON WHY YOU SEE PEOPLE EITHER DOUBLE MASKING OR DOING A VERSION OF AN N95.”

    Although the Centers for Disease Control has not recommended double masking yet, the practice generated buzz when people were seen wearing two masks at president Joe Biden’s inauguration Wednesday. Viewers noted that poet Amanda Gorman and Pete Buttigieg, who is Biden’s nominee to run the Transportation Department, wore surgical masks underneath cloth masks.

    RESEARCHERS SAY THAT WEARING A SURGICAL MASK UNDERNEATH A CLOTH MASK PROVIDES MAXIMAL PROTECTION, BECAUSE THE SURGICAL MASK ACTS AS A FILTER AND THE CLOTH ADDS AN ADDITIONAL LAYER AND HELPS WITH FIT, ACCORDING TO COMMENTARY ON MASK-WEARING PUBLISHED ON JAN. 15. IN PLACES WHERE IT’S DIFFICULT TO MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCE, SUCH AS ON AN AIRPLANE OR AT THE STORE, TWO MASKS WOULD PROVIDE ADDITIONAL PROTECTION. THE NEXT BEST OPTION WOULD BE A THREE-LAYER MASK THAT CONTAINS AN INNER FILTER.

    Studies have shown that multilayer cloth masks can both block up to 50%-70% of fine droplets and particles and limit the spread of Covid. The CDC recommends that people wear masks that have at least two layers of tightly woven cotton fabric, such as quilting fabric or cotton sheets.”

    WHY DO I HAVE TO CLEAN UP THE GARBAGE HERE?

  13. CARL SAGAN WARNED US IN 1995 THAT THE INTERNET MIGHT BE THE SOURCE OF THE EXTINCTION OF MANKIND.

    HOW?

    BECAUSE IT WILL DISINTEGRATE THE HUMAN SPECIES TO SUCH A DEGREE THAT A NATURAL OR ACCIDENTLY REMEASED BIOHAZARD OR GEOLOGICAL DISASTER OF OUR OWN MAKING IS GOING TO WIPE US OFF THE PLANET. THE HUMAN SPECIES WILL NOT COPE WITH IT AND IT WILLS DIE OFF. PLEASE READ HIS BOOK “THE DEMON HAUNTED WORLD”?

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