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News - February 25, 2022

County may drop mask mandate in a week

With 2 of 3 metrics met, Dr. Sara Cody says county is close to lifting indoor masking rule

by Sue Dremann

Residents of Santa Clara County could see the mask mandate lifted in a week if a key public health metric is met for seven straight days, county Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody said Wednesday.

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Posted by Kimberly Sweidy
a resident of South of Midtown
on Feb 24, 2022 at 10:38 am

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What is the percentage of reported cases and hospitalizations for individuals who do not live or work in Santa Clara County? I seem to remember reading a 40% number? Why? Because Santa Clara County is a destination spot for excellent and top notch medical care for people around the country and around the world?

This is completely understandable!

Are the Santa Clara Residents being punished for this fact? Is this being considered in creating these masking rules? I am questioning the misuse of statistics, particularly by the "educated" and "decision-makers." Critical Thinking and Common Sense appear to be out of vogue.

Kindly enlighten me, if I'm wrong.

Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 24, 2022 at 10:44 am

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Just because many people are wearing masks in one Safeway where it is now optional, doesn't really mean very much.

The numbers of people willing to remove masks in a public setting may have more to do with watching what others are doing first before doing it themselves.

From my perspective it would be more interesting to see if people are removing them in offices or the 30 seconds taken to enter a restaurant and sit at a table, while using the restroom or while exiting. What about gyms? Are people removing them while exercising?

Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 24, 2022 at 10:56 am

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And I second the questions asked by the first comment. Since there is no like button any more.

Posted by Jane
a resident of Ventura
on Feb 24, 2022 at 11:40 pm

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Also interested in the first poster's questions.

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Posted by Leland J.
a resident of Professorville
on Feb 25, 2022 at 8:30 pm

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Posted by Jane
a resident of Ventura
on Feb 28, 2022 at 12:55 am

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Community mask policy is not based on data-driven risk analysis. For most people in most contexts masks have minimal impact on their risk. But policymakers have a sunk cost to honor and won't easily back away from arbitrary criteria.

Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 28, 2022 at 11:24 am

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We have the CDC already stating that we are safe to remove masks in medium counties which we apparently are according to CDC website. Newsom has already removed restrictions statewide as from last Friday. School recommendations are due to come today.

Why is this not being done immediately?

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