Los Angeles County has dropped plans to reintroduce a Covid-19 mask mandate amid falling case numbers.
Health officials in the county, which has a population of 10 million, had planned to make masks mandatory indoors starting Friday.
But with hospitalizations declining and the region expected to return to the “average” community level of virus spread, officials said Thursday they would refrain from taking action.
The county entered the “high” tier on July 14, leading Chief Health Officer Barbara Ferrer to warn that the mask mandate could return.
“It will be a welcome relief if this current surge has peaked,” she said.
The county is still at the “high” level based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but Ms. Ferrer said they would wait and analyze their own data.
“Since most of our local data trends are just starting to decline, we decided to take a closer look at the rate of hospital admissions using our own data…so we can get a better idea precise where we might be headed,” she added. .
She said that given the drop in cases, they were taking a break on the mask mandate.
“We’re going to take a break and not move forward at this time,” she said. The threat of a new mandate had prompted several cities in Los Angeles County, including Beverly Hills and Long Beach, to announce that they would not apply it.
As of Thursday afternoon, LA County reported 7,009 new cases and 18 new deaths.
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