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California introduced it’s extending its statewide indoor masks mandate till not less than Feb. 15 as a result of rise in COVID-19 circumstances pushed by the fast-spreading omicron variant, in accordance with well being division officers.
“We’re and proceed to be involved about our hospitals,” Well being and Human Companies Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly instructed The Related Press Wednesday. “Some services are going to be strapped.”
State officers reinstated the indoor masks mandate on Dec. 15 final yr and it was initially resulting from expire on Jan. 15.
Presently, the state requires mask-wearing for everybody — no matter vaccination standing — in all indoor areas, reminiscent of bars, eating places and retail shops.
Many counties throughout California have their very own indoor mandates, so the brand new statewide order primarily impacts the counties that do not.
As Feb. 15 approaches, “we are going to once more re-evaluate the situation throughout California, our communities and our health-care supply settings to make it possible for we’re taking the most recent info into consideration to find out if there can be one other extension, or if we’re ready to carry that requirement throughout the state,” Ghaly stated, in accordance with KABC-TV.
During the last two weeks, the statewide seven-day common case charge has elevated by “greater than sixfold” as hospitalizations throughout the state have doubled, the California Well being Division stated.
“Whereas the share of Californians absolutely vaccinated and boosted continues to extend, we proceed to have areas of the state the place vaccine protection is low, placing people and communities at better threat for COVID-19,” the division stated in an announcement.
“Implementing a common masking requirement not solely has confirmed to lower the speed of infections however is ready to sluggish neighborhood transmission,” the division continued.
As of Wednesday, almost 65 million whole COVID vaccines have been administered to these eligible.
To this point, almost 80% of Californians have been vaccinated with not less than one dose, with near 144,000 folks a day are receiving a vaccine, in accordance with well being officers.