VTA Riders and Workers No Longer Required to Wear Masks

Masks are no longer required on Valley Transit Authority buses, light rail and paratransit vehicles and at all VTA facilities, the regional transportation agency announced Wednesday.

The April 20 announcement was made “In light of recent decisions by the federal government to lift mask requirements on public transit” in the wake of a Florida federal court decision.

Airlines, airports and other transportation agencies had followed suit. Caltrain updated its policy Wednesday saying it no longer requires masks, but will continue to monitor any future federal, state, or local directives. BART officials tweeted Wednesday that 'There are no longer any federal, state, or local directives enabling a mask mandate at BART.' The BART board is to consider a proposal to require masks on BART at its April 28 meeting.

The Biden Administration has asked the Justice Department to appeal the ruling which challenged the federal government’s authority to issue mask mandates, but lifted the rules, which were due to expire May 3.

“VTA is strongly recommending, but not requiring passengers and employees to wear masks,” the transportation agency said in its statement.

“While the reversal in mask requirement at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are court-mandated, this does not signal an end to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the agency warned. “Public health experts still recommend wearing facemasks in a variety of settings, including mass transit”

VTA is in the process of removing on board signage requiring masks and changes will be made accordingly.

 

 

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  1. Long time no see CA Patriot

    April 18:

    For the April 2022 cases MTD is 4,156. in comparison to May 2021, which was PRE-DELTA AND PRE-OMICRON, MTD was 883 which means we are 4.71 times of the May cases when we had a supposedly safe level. Our current daily average is 176. In March 2022, we were at 3,039 but on a downward trend, we had in total that month 5,244, in April 2022 we are at 33% plus cases then there were in March at this time.

    For the month of April MTD we have tested 180,465 and in May of the same sample MTD we tested 219,511 which means our sample size is 17.8% less than May. But yet we have INCREASED POSITIVITY. The positivity rate is 2.99% (which is a limit from the CDC to raise our community risk level) but the May MTD Average was .46% meaning we are about 6.51 TIMES higher than May 2021. And for March we are at 1.36% which means our positivity rate is 2.2 times that of March 2022.

    We are currently reporting only 69 ICU beds available (52 Adult and 17 Child) which is only 11.5% available beds in the county. We are back to the level of hospitalizations 14 day rolling average of 83 and a rolling average of suspected cases of 16, which means we have 98. In December we had 90, but in July 2021 we were at 32 patients, and in May 2020 we were at 51 patients. This was one of the rare days hospitalizations INCREASED. It may be just starting.

    That does mean we are not in very good shape, are we?

  2. Update April 20,

    For the April 2022 cases MTD is 4,156. in comparison to May 2021, which was PRE-DELTA AND PRE-OMICRON, MTD was 883 which means we are 4.71 times of the May cases when we had a supposedly safe level. Our current daily average is in March was 176. In March 2022, we were at 3,039 but on a downward trend, we had in total that month 5,244, in April 2022 our current MTD average is 219, and we are at 29% plus cases then there were in March at this time.

    For the month of April MTD we have tested 180,465 and in May of the same sample MTD we tested 219,511 which means our sample size is 17.8% less than May. But yet we have INCREASED POSITIVITY. The positivity rate is 2.99% (which is a limit from the CDC to raise our community risk level) but the May MTD Average was .46% meaning we are about 6.51 TIMES higher than May 2021. And for March we are at 1.36% which means our positivity rate is 2.2 times that of March 2022.

    We are currently reporting only 68 ICU beds available (49 Adult and 19 Child) which is only 10.8% available beds in the county. We are back to the level of hospitalizations 14 day rolling average of 82 and a rolling average of suspected cases of 20, which means we have 102. In December we had 90, but in July 2021 we were at 32 patients, and in May 2020 we were at 51 patients. This was one of the rare days hospitalizations INCREASED. It may be just starting.

    That does mean we are not in very good shape, are we?

  3. April 21,

    For the April 2022 cases MTD is 4,606. in comparison to May 2021, which was PRE-DELTA AND PRE-OMICRON, MTD was 928 which means we are 4.96 times of the May cases when we had a supposedly safe level. Our current daily average is in March was 176. In March 2022, we were at 3,224 but on a downward trend, we had in total that month 5,244, in April 2022 our current MTD average is 230, and we are at 42% plus cases then there were in March at this time.

    For the month of April MTD we have tested 1912,366 and in May of the same sample MTD we tested 232,707 which means our sample size is 17.8% less than May. But yet we have INCREASED POSITIVITY. The positivity rate is 3.09% (which is a limit from the CDC to raise our community risk level) but the May MTD Average was .46% meaning we are about 6.81 TIMES higher than May 2021. And for March we are at 1.46% which means our positivity rate is 2.2 times that of March 2022.

    We are currently reporting only 68 ICU beds available (49 Adult and 19 Child) which is only 10.8% available beds in the county. We are back to the level of hospitalizations 14 day rolling average of 83 and a rolling average of suspected cases of 16, which means we have 98. In December we had 90, but in July 2021 we were at 32 patients, and in May 2020 we were at 51 patients. This was one of the rare days hospitalizations INCREASED. It may be just starting.

    That does mean we are not in very good shape, are we?

  4. April 21: Wastewater Update CDC Monitoring on April 18, 2022, these are cases resulting in exposure to the people in the county, this is not limited to Santa Clara since many people travel in and out of the county. All sites are indicating increased Covid detection now!!

    From Site 305: During March 2022 the viral scale was 26.89 with an ave. of 170 case per day. And this month so far, we have an ave. of 46.64. (+73.4%).

    From Site 352: During March 2022 the viral scale was 20.48 with an ave. of 170 cases per day. And this month so far, we have an ave. of 32.64. (+59.4%)

    From Site 353 During March 2022 the viral scale was 19.67 with an ave. 170 cases per day. And this month so far, we have an ave. of 34.80.(+76.6%)

    From Site 354 During March 2022 the viral scale was 19.19 with an ave of 170 cases per day. And this month so far, we have an ave. of 43.08.(+124.5%)

    The Current Viral Scale for Santa Clara County is 39.29 and yesterday it was 38.83 a daily increase of 1.18% and this is rising. In comparison to March which was 21.20 and increase of 85.33%.

    Our MTD cases regarding the CDC correlation for April is an average of 237 in March it was 170 (+40.6%) and it is still increasing, yesterday April’s ave was 226 (+32.9%) In one day our average went up 23.4%. In fact on the 18th we had more than 400 cases

    The rate of covid is increasing but that depends on what SAFE behaviors people are practicing.

    This is data that is from 3 days ago.

  5. April 22,

    For the April 2022 cases MTD is 5,039. in comparison to May 2021, which was PRE-DELTA AND PRE-OMICRON, MTD was 947 which means we are 5.32 times of the May cases when we had a supposedly safe level. Our current daily average is in March was 176. In March 2022, we were at 3,392 but on a downward trend, we had in total that month 5,244, in April 2022 our current MTD average is 239, and we are at 49% plus cases then there were in March at this time.

    For the month of April MTD we have tested 206,222 and in May of the same sample MTD we tested 243,236 which means our sample size is 15.2% less than May. But yet we have INCREASED POSITIVITY. The positivity rate is 3.04% (which is a limit from the CDC to raise our community risk level) but the May MTD Average was .46% meaning we are about 6.89 TIMES higher than May 2021. And for March we are at 1.46% which means our positivity rate is 2.1 times that of March 2022.

    We are currently reporting only 66 ICU beds available (41 Adult and 25 Child) which is only 10.6% available beds in the county. We are back to the level of hospitalizations 14 day rolling average of 82 and a rolling average of suspected cases of 19, which means we have 101. In December we had 90, but in July 2021 we were at 32 patients, and in May 2020 we were at 51 patients. This was one of the rare days hospitalizations INCREASED. It may be just starting.

    That does mean we are not in very good shape, are we?

  6. April 22: Wastewater Update CDC Monitoring on April 19, 2022, these are cases resulting in exposure to the people in the county, this is not limited to Santa Clara since many people travel in and out of the county. All sites are indicating increased Covid detection now!!

    From Site 305: During March 2022 the viral scale was 26.89 with an ave. of 170 case per day. And this month so far, we have an ave. of 47.02. (+74.8%).

    From Site 352: During March 2022 the viral scale was 20.48 with an ave. of 170 cases per day. And this month so far, we have an ave. of 33.15. (+61.9%)

    From Site 353 During March 2022 the viral scale was 19.67 with an ave. 170 cases per day. And this month so far, we have an ave. of 35.15.(+78.7%)

    From Site 354 During March 2022 the viral scale was 19.19 with an ave of 170 cases per day. And this month so far, we have an ave. of 43.48.(+126.6%)

    The Current Viral Scale for Santa Clara County is 39.70 and yesterday it was 39.29 a daily increase of 1.04% and this is rising. In comparison to March which was 21.20 and increase of 87.27%.

    Our MTD cases regarding the CDC correlation for April is an average of 249 in March it was 170 (+47.2%) and it is still increasing, yesterday Aprils ave was 237 (+4.95%)

    The rate of covid is increasing at about 18% per week in April. That means next week I expect the case average to rise to 263. But that depends on what SAFE behaviors people are practicing.

    This is data that is from 3 days ago.

  7. April 23: Wastewater Update CDC Monitoring on April 20, 2022, these are cases resulting in exposure to the people in the county, this is not limited to Santa Clara since many people travel in and out of the county. All sites are indicating increased Covid detection now!!

    From Site 305: During March 2022 the viral scale was 26.89 with an ave. of 170 case per day. And this month so far, we have an ave. of 47.36. (+76.1%).

    From Site 352: During March 2022 the viral scale was 20.48 with an ave. of 170 cases per day. And this month so far, we have an ave. of 33.61. (+64.1%)

    From Site 353 During March 2022 the viral scale was 19.67 with an ave. 170 cases per day. And this month so far, we have an ave. of 35.47.(+80.3%)

    From Site 354 During March 2022 the viral scale was 19.19 with an ave of 170 cases per day. And this month so far, we have an ave. of 43.85.(+128.4%)

    The Current Viral Scale for Santa Clara County is 40.07 and yesterday it was 39.70 a daily increase of .9%% and this is rising. In comparison to March which was 21.20 and increase of 89.02%.

    Our MTD cases regarding the CDC correlation for April is an average of 251 in March it was 170 (+64.1%) and it is still increasing, yesterday Aprils ave was 249 (+0.6%)

    The rate of covid is increasing at about 18% per week in April. That means next week I expect the case average to rise to 275. But that depends on what SAFE behaviors people are practicing.

    This is data that is from 3 days ago.

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