Los Angeles Sheriff Refuses To Implement New Indoor Masks Mandate

The Los Angeles County sheriff has introduced his division gained’t implement the county Division of Public Well being’s reinstated indoor masks mandate as COVID-19 instances soar within the space, falsely claiming it’s “not backed by science.”

Sheriff Alex Villanueva mentioned in an announcement Friday that he “won’t expend our restricted assets” to implement the brand new order.

“Forcing the vaccinated and those that already contracted COVID-19 to put on masks indoors isn’t backed by science and contradicts the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention tips,” he added.

.@lapublichealth has authority to implement a brand new masks order, however the underfunded/defunded won’t expend our restricted assets and as a substitute ask for voluntary compliance. Learn my full assertion by visiting https://t.co/DVBvmRbFA9 pic.twitter.com/Je1nMerWrO

— Alex Villanueva (@LACoSheriff) July 16, 2021

The brand new native mandate isn’t a contradiction of CDC coverage.

The CDC doesn’t at the moment suggest that vaccinated people put on masks indoors — besides the place required by legislation. As instances of the damaging and extremely contagious delta variant of COVID-19 soar, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky mentioned at a White Home press briefing Friday that localities experiencing will increase in instances might think about reinstating indoor masks mandates to guard towards the illness. The World Well being Group nonetheless urges totally vaccinated folks to put on masks.

Villanueva acknowledged the county well being division’s authorized proper to implement its order. Nonetheless, he urged the company to “work collaboratively with … legislation enforcement to determine mandates which are each achievable and supported by science.” He additionally referred to as for “voluntary” compliance with the order.

California relaxed well being restrictions final month, however after the variety of new COVID-19 instances climbed within the Los Angeles space, public well being officers introduced Thursday that each one county residents, no matter vaccination standing, are actually required to put on a masks whereas indoors (as of Saturday).

“The alarming will increase in instances, positivity charges and the rise in hospitalizations indicators speedy motion have to be taken to sluggish the unfold of COVID-19,” county Well being Officer Dr. Muntu Davis mentioned in an announcement. “In any other case, we might shortly see extra devastating sickness and dying among the many thousands and thousands of residents.”

COVID-19 Day by day Replace:

July 17, 2021

New Instances: 1,827 (1,266,227 thus far)

New Deaths: 11 (24,579 thus far)

Present Hospitalizations: 462 pic.twitter.com/I44FXs69i1

— LA Public Well being (@lapublichealth) July 17, 2021

Walensky warned Friday that the brand new upsurge in instances is a “pandemic of the unvaccinated,” roaring via areas with low vaccination charges. Solely 52% of the greater than 10 million residents of Los Angeles County — essentially the most populous county within the nation — have been totally vaccinated. Almost 4 million folks there haven’t been vaccinated, together with 1.3 million kids beneath the age of 12. 

New coronavirus instances amongst vaccinated residents are low, however are nonetheless a priority, famous county officers. There have have been a complete of 4,122 confirmed COVID-19 instances as of Tuesday of these totally vaccinated.

The U.S. recorded a complete of 79,310 new instances of COVID-19 on Saturday, the best every day tally on the planet, in response to knowledge from Johns Hopkins College. 

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