Mask mandate extended on Los Angeles public transportation due to increase in Covid cases

Los Angeles extended the mask mandate on public transportation.

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The mask requirement on public transportation and at transportation hubs was officially extended Friday in Los Angeles County.due to the steady increase in new COVID-19 cases, which are already high enough to take the county from the “low” coronavirus risk level to the “medium” risk level.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on Friday reported 10 additional deaths, nearly 3,200 new positive cases and 401 COVID-positive patients in the hospital.

Due to the increasing increase in COVID infections, public health officials are expanding the mask requirement at all indoor and public transportation hubs. This includes commuter trains, subways, buses, rideshares, airports, bus terminals, and train stations.

The county issued a health order in late April requiring masks in transit vehicles and in hubs like the airport and train stations. However, the requirement expired in a matter of days. The county Public Health Department announced Friday that the mandate will be extended for another 30 days or until the county sees a sharp drop in virus transmission, The thing that happens first.

Masks were previously required nationwide on public transportation and in transportation facilities, but a federal judge struck down the requirement last month. Initially, the county followed the ruling and the mandate was removed locally, but when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) chose to appeal the ruling, the county issued a new health order reinstating the requirement locally.

And due to a growing number of new Covid-19 outbreaks in workplaces, employers are required to provide medical-grade face coverings to all employees for voluntary indoor use.

On Thursday, Los Angeles County moved to the CDC’s “medium” community risk level. That means the region is seeing some impact on the health care system.

On Friday, six Los Angeles County vaccine sites began offering COVID-19 booster shots to children ages 5 to 11. If it’s been five months since your child finished his series of two shots, pediatricians say make an appointment.

Covid-19 cases are on the rise in the United States. More than 45% of the nation’s population now lives in a county that has a “high” or “medium” risk level. This means that if a person is considered to be at “higher risk”, they should talk to their health care provider about whether they should wear a mask to protect themselves.

Health officials are urging you to watch safety measures like wearing masks and making sure people are up to date on vaccinations.

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