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San Mateo County to start requiring face masks at county facilities on Monday

A 'troubling rise in coronavirus cases' triggers new mandate

Starting July 26, 2021 face coverings will be required at San Mateo County facilities, including clinics and county offices. Embarcadero Media file photo by Daniela Beltran B.

Starting Monday, face coverings will be required at San Mateo County facilities, the county announced Thursday.

The requirement is out of an abundance of caution, due to a "troubling rise in coronavirus cases," county officials said in a July 22 news release.

Visitors and county employees will need to wear face coverings at county offices, clinics or other public facilities, regardless of vaccination status.

County officials also expressed concerns about the rise of the delta variant of the coronavirus, which is more contagious and spreads more easily.

As of July 22, the delta variant makes up 83% of positive COVID-19 cases that have been sequenced in California, making it the dominant strain.

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Last Friday, health officials around the Bay Area recommended that everyone wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

County Manager Mike Callagy encouraged people to get vaccinated and take common-sense precautions to keep everyone safe.

"The increasing case numbers are a harsh reminder that we are not done with COVID and COVID is not done with us," Callagy said.

Board of Supervisors president David Canepa supported the mask mandate for county facilities, saying, "No one wants to ditch these damn masks more than I do but we can't do it until we are all vaccinated."

While vaccinations are highly effective against COVID-19 and its variants, county officials said they "need to take action now to protect younger children and overall public health as cases rise."

On July 15, San Mateo County Health recorded 74 new COVID-19 cases, compared to 13 new cases recorded on June 15, the day the state reopened. Hospitalizations have also risen in the last week, with 20 confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized as of Wednesday, July 21.

A schedule of free vaccination clinics for San Mateo County is available online here. Appointments are not required.

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San Mateo County to start requiring face masks at county facilities on Monday

A 'troubling rise in coronavirus cases' triggers new mandate

by / Bay City News Service

Uploaded: Thu, Jul 22, 2021, 3:52 pm
Updated: Mon, Jul 26, 2021, 8:45 am

Starting Monday, face coverings will be required at San Mateo County facilities, the county announced Thursday.

The requirement is out of an abundance of caution, due to a "troubling rise in coronavirus cases," county officials said in a July 22 news release.

Visitors and county employees will need to wear face coverings at county offices, clinics or other public facilities, regardless of vaccination status.

County officials also expressed concerns about the rise of the delta variant of the coronavirus, which is more contagious and spreads more easily.

As of July 22, the delta variant makes up 83% of positive COVID-19 cases that have been sequenced in California, making it the dominant strain.

Last Friday, health officials around the Bay Area recommended that everyone wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

County Manager Mike Callagy encouraged people to get vaccinated and take common-sense precautions to keep everyone safe.

"The increasing case numbers are a harsh reminder that we are not done with COVID and COVID is not done with us," Callagy said.

Board of Supervisors president David Canepa supported the mask mandate for county facilities, saying, "No one wants to ditch these damn masks more than I do but we can't do it until we are all vaccinated."

While vaccinations are highly effective against COVID-19 and its variants, county officials said they "need to take action now to protect younger children and overall public health as cases rise."

On July 15, San Mateo County Health recorded 74 new COVID-19 cases, compared to 13 new cases recorded on June 15, the day the state reopened. Hospitalizations have also risen in the last week, with 20 confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized as of Wednesday, July 21.

A schedule of free vaccination clinics for San Mateo County is available online here. Appointments are not required.

Comments

Virginia Smedberg
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Old Palo Alto
on Jul 26, 2021 at 7:18 pm
Virginia Smedberg, Old Palo Alto
Registered user
on Jul 26, 2021 at 7:18 pm

Even if you're vaccinated you can get infected, and spread it. So why not do the considerate thing and just wear a mask indoors, and even outdoors if it's crowded. It's such an easy thing to do and you know it's effective! And there are so many cool mask patterns now, you can wear your thoughts!


William Hitchens
Registered user
Mountain View
on Jul 30, 2021 at 4:40 pm
William Hitchens, Mountain View
Registered user
on Jul 30, 2021 at 4:40 pm

At County facilities only? How about ALL indoor facilities, public and private??? C'mon guys, show some courage. This is not rocket science. Public health is more important than unnecessary indoor public eating, drinking, and recreation. The key word here is unnecessary. If you don't really, really need to do it, just don't do it. Very simple, OK?


John B. Sails
Registered user
Midtown
on Jul 30, 2021 at 5:03 pm
John B. Sails, Midtown
Registered user
on Jul 30, 2021 at 5:03 pm

[Portion removed.] If the non-vaxxed do not have the consideration to vax themselves for all, why should the already-thoughtful and considerate give away all their rights for them? In fact, forced masking of the already vaccinated is very counter-productive, telling the non-vaxxed it's really not that effective, you still need to mask, so why do it? By contrast, possibly the only thing that WILL convince the anti-vaxxed to vax is the fear of God from getting it or someone in their family getting it. Yes, very simple, I agree.


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