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Los Angeles County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer (Photo: Barbara Ferrer Twitter)

LA County Reached CDC ‘High’ COVID-19 Level, Will Likely Reinstate Indoor Masking Mandate

County has two weeks to bring COVID-19 levels back down to evade mandate coming back

By Evan Symon, July 15, 2022 12:50 pm

Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer announced on Thursday that Los Angeles County has officially reached the “High” level of new COVID-19 cases and County hospitalization rates, giving the County two weeks to fall back below or else mandatory indoor masking mandates return.

Ferrer and the LA County Public Health Department have been warning for weeks that a mandate could return sometime during the summer. Since the repeal of state and local indoor mask mandates in the late winter and early spring of this year, fluctuating COVID-19 transmission rates, as well as rising rates of new cases in the last few months and new variants on the horizon, such as Omicron BA.4 and Omicron BA.5, have counties reconsidering bringing masks and restrictions back. Alameda County brought back indoor mask mandates a month and a half ago. New case rates and hospitalizations have not decreased at the state level since April, fueling growing fears that more Counties may be affected.

That worry turned into reality on Thursday when it was announced that LA County had finally broken through the 10 or more hospitalizations per 100,000 people threshold, which, according to the CDC, means that LA now is back to the “High” community level. With LA County at 10.5, and the new BA.4 and BA.5 variants amounting to 81% of new cases, Dr. Ferrer noted on Thursday that the County that it looked like masks would be coming back by July 29th.

“As of today, we have moved from the medium to the “High” COVID community level,” said Director Ferrer during a public briefing. “If the county remains in the CDC-designated High level for two consecutive weeks, we will again impose a universal mandatory indoor mask-wearing mandate.

“For many this will feel like a step backwards. But we are not closing anything down. We are not asking people not to gather with the people they love. We’re asking you to take a sensible step, when there’s this much transmission with a highly transmissible variant, to go ahead and put back on a well fitting high-filtration mask when you’re indoors around others.”

A likely return of indoor mask mandates in LA County

However, Ferrer and the County have been challenged by many over the likely reinstatement of the mandate. Death rates have continued to be low in LA County, with the 10 day average rate of 14 being where it was in April when the last surge was finishing tapering off. BA.4 and BA.5 have also found to be much less severe than other strains, with death rates and severe issues being much more lower than previous variants.

“It would be foolish to say that we should be happy about new variants,” explained Luisa Renteria, a nurse in Los Angeles who has assisted COVID patients since March 2020, to the Globe on Friday. “But BA.4 and BA.5 are generally less dangerous. Their main big things are that they spread quickly and that they are much more resistant to the vaccines out there. That’s why the numbers jumped by and large.”

“This is how new, once-powerful illnesses carry on over time. They get less and less deadly and cause less and less severe symptoms. And yes, it’s good to prepare and to protect those more vulnerable, I’m not sure bringing back the masking mandate makes a lot of sense this time. A lot of people will get worried over it. No one wants to see hospitals overfilling again. Believe me, it was horrible. But right now, we are where we should be treating it as a flu outbreak and use common sense measures like handwashing, using sanitizers, and even though it may be less effective, getting vaccinated, because it still offers some protection. Common sense people.”

“Most people also have mask fatigue at this point. They don’t want to slide back.”

The likely mandate will also be facing possible legal challenges, as many lawyers have pointed out numerous legal issues over the new writ of  mandate.

Should LA County remain above the threshold for two more weeks, the mandate will return to LA County on July 29th, with other counties likely to follow before the beginning of the school year in August. The next COVID-19 review data for LA County is due to come out on July 21st.

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23 thoughts on “LA County Reached CDC ‘High’ COVID-19 Level, Will Likely Reinstate Indoor Masking Mandate

  1. They can name this one the “midterm elections variant”!!!

    What a clown-show..

    How stupid & gullible do they think we are???

    EVERY SINGLE PERSON I know that’s experiencing illness this summer had been “fully vaxxxed and boosted”, usually to be compliant with their employer mandate…

    Time for the insanity to STOP and everyone to tell their employers “NO MORE. – we’re not taking any more!!!”

  2. Barbara Ferrer has a bachelors degree and a PhD in Social Justice. She also holds a Masters in Public Health which, despite its lofty sounding name, is a graduate degree open to pretty much any bachelors degree. Translation: Barbara Ferrer is neither a medical professional nor a scientist.

  3. In my obnoxious little neck of the woods a lot of people were masking up again indoors ANYWAY, even before the extremely neurotic and power-mad Fake Doctor Ferrer came on the scene once AGAIN with her road-show power-point Doom and Gloom theatrical presentation. But never mind where I live, I believe most people won’t do it, as in “take your mask and shove it, Fake Doctor,” and I personally will gear up, once again, to raise hell with my County Supervisor, my retail business owners, my gym manager, and the rest of ’em. (Makes me tired just to think about it on a triple-digit-temp July day in the Valley when I already have a million things to do. Thanks, Barb.)

    The Queen of All Crypt-Keepers Barbara Ferrer is not following the science, she has thrown out the book on virology, immunology, and epidemiology standards, she DOES NOT CARE about public health, because if she did, she, as L.A. County Public Health Officer, would be putting her nose to the grindstone on the subject of all the FENTANYL OVERDOSES in this county, which by far exceed Covid so-called cases, so-called hospitalizations, and so called deaths. If Covid “cases” have risen it’s because everybody and their brother are increasingly made to get those unreliably false-positive PCR tests; if “hospitalizations” have risen it’s because the neurotic are running to the E.R. over something unrelated or over NOTHING but the effects of the hysteria created by the Fake Doctor herself; if “deaths” have risen it’s because PCR false (or real) positives turned up for the usual heart attacks, strokes, flu, pneumonia, and let’s not forget vaccine injuries! Oh, the irony! And if the vaccine hurts one’s immunity, well then we need to add that to the list of reasons for hospitalization and death, right? Ferrer’s lunacy and endless power-trip rantings don’t change that this virus, to the extent it actually IS Covid, becomes increasing less virulent with every “variant.” GAH!

    1. Showandtell you are so right about the lack of focus on the fentanyl overdoses! That is the real crisis in LA, well all over America for that matter. Keep raising hell!

  4. Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer looks like a scary ghoul? Why is she instituting mask mandates again when masks have been proven not to stop small virus particles? No doubt she’s following the dictates of her Democrat cabal masters that control LA and have turned it into a hell-hole?

  5. If we reduce the number of hospital admissions for Covid then we don’t need to have a mandate. It’s well known by now that we can get a Covid reinfection simply because it’s related to that other corona virus, the common cold. So the thing we must do next time is when we get sick is to not tell anybody about it, and for God’s sake don’t go to the hospital if it gets really bad.

    There shouldn’t be a mandate because we’re sick of these oppressive masks, got it?

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