COVID cases are rising in the Bay Area, and health officials are asking people to exercise caution. Even though masks are no longer required in indoor spaces, Alameda County public health officials and the state health department are encouraging people to wear masks indoors.
“Daily reported cases in Alameda County have reached levels seen during the Delta wave. If you’ve chosen not to wear a mask indoors recently, now is a good time to start masking again,” Alameda County Health Officer Dr. Nicholas Moss stated in a press release on May 13.
Cases recorded by the county are also undercounted, since many people are likely using at-home test kits.
The U.S. government recently announced that people can receive 8 COVID antigen tests for free. The process is quick, and is available here.