Alameda County is reinstating an indoor masking mandate starting today, Friday, June 3, 2022. (The mandate does not apply to the City of Berkeley, which has its own health department).
“Rising COVID cases in Alameda County are now leading to more people being hospitalized and today’s action reflects the seriousness of the moment,” said Alameda County Health Officer Dr. Nicholas Moss in a public statement. “We cannot ignore the data, and we can’t predict when this wave may end. Putting our masks back on gives us the best opportunity to limit the impact of a prolonged wave on our communities.”
The county department of health also notes that based on current data, this new surge is disproportionately impacting Alameda County’s Latinx population: “…Hispanic/Latino residents now have the highest case rate in Alameda County among the largest race/ethnicity groups,” according to an announcement from Alameda County Department of Public Health.
Read the new mask mandate here, which requires indoor masking (and suggests using K94, KN95, or N95 masks for most effective protection) in most situations. Exceptions include but are not limited to children under two, people working alone in an office, when actively eating or drinking, swimming, performers, people who medical exemptions, while swimming or heavy fitness activities, to participate in religious rituals, and other situations.
Daily reported COVID-19 positive cases are more than the Delta wave last summer, with likely underreporting to the county due to at-home antigen tests.
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