State Extends Indoor Mask Mandate to Mid-February

With Covid-19 cases surging as a result of the Omicron variant, California’s Health Services officials announced yesterday that the statewide mandate requiring people to wear masks in indoor public settings will remain in place until at least Feb. 15. The mandate had been scheduled to expire on Jan. 15.

On Wednesday, Los Angeles County Public Health Department issued an order modifying its mandate to require that masks must be worn by indoor employees.

Beginning January 17, employers in Los Angeles County are required to provide their employees who work indoors with well-fitting medical grade masks, surgical masks, or higher-level respirators, such as N95 or KN95 masks, public health officials said yesterday.

The new modifications include an alignment with the State Public Health Order changing attendance thresholds at mega events; for outdoor mega events, the new attendance threshold has been lowered to 5,000 attendees, and for indoor mega events, the new threshold is 500 attendees. Additionally, Public Health recommends that food and drink be consumed in designated dining areas.

“Given the explosive spread of the virus, activities that put us in close contact with many other people now have an increased risk,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “As such, everyone needs to be sensible about how to protect themselves and those they love by layering on protections whenever around non-household members. At work, this means upgrading your mask if you work indoors and you are in contact with other workers or members of the public.”

The Public Health Department has reported the following Covid-19 totals for Culver City and LA County:

Cases in Culver City – 4378 as of 1/5

Deaths in Culver City – 117 as of 1/5

Cases in LA County – 26,754 reported on 1/5 (1,806,828 cases to date)

Deaths in LA County – 27 reported on 1/5 (27,698 deaths to date)

Currently, there are 2,240 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized in LA County and 27% of these people are in the intensive care unit.

Testing results are available for more than 10,159,295 individuals, with 16% of people testing positive. Today’s positivity rate is 22.4%.


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