LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County’s public health officer says a rapid and sustained increase in COVID-19 cases in the nation’s largest county requires a return to mandatory mask-wearing indoors even when people are vaccinated.
Dr. Muntu Davis told a virtual press conference Thursday that a public health order requiring masks indoors will go into effect Saturday. He didn’t detail what he said would be some exceptions.
Davis says the county has been recording more than 1,000 new cases each day for a week and that there is now “substantial community transmission.”
LA County officials reported that its daily test positivity rate is 3.75 percent, an increase from a rate of 1.2 percent on June 15 when physical distancing restrictions and capacity limits were lifted across all sectors.
"We expect to keep this order in place until we begin to see improvements in our community transmission of COVID-19. But waiting for us to be at high community transmission before making a change would be too late," County officials said.