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Livermore Residents Must Wear Masks Inside; Latest Statistics – Patch.com

LIVERMORE, CA — Livermore residents must wear a well-fitting face covering when entering indoor pu…….

LIVERMORE, CA — Livermore residents must wear a well-fitting face covering when entering indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status, as of Tuesday.

The mask mandate was jointly announced Monday by the City of Berkeley and Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Sonoma counties. Mask mandates were also reissued in Los Angeles, Sacramento and Yolo counties, while several other counties in the greater Bay Area recommended indoor mask use.

Bay Area residents have been able to go into most stores and other public venues mask-free since mid-June, when the state dramatically scaled back economic restrictions.

Public health officials reconsidered mask mandates as the highly transmissible delta variant surged in California and across the nation. The delta variant constituted more than eight in 10 COVID-19 cases sequenced by the state in July — an increase of 30 percentage points compared to June, recently released statistics showed.

Officials “are very concerned by the substantial levels of community transmission now found across the Bay Area, especially among unvaccinated people,” health officers in affected areas said in a joint statement Monday.

Bay Area public health officials pleaded with unvaccinated residents to reconsider as inoculations still provide a 25-fold reduction of the risk of hospitalization or death compared to no vaccine, federal officials said last week.

Many elected and public health officials, including Gov. Gavin Newsom, dubbed the latest surge a “pandemic of the unvaccinated.”


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“Face coverings are a simple and effective tool that everyone can use to slow the spread [of] COVID-19,” said Alameda County Health Officer Nicholas Moss in the statement. “Using face masks in indoor public spaces, regardless of vaccination status, will help us protect each other and end this summer surge.”

In Livermore, 65% of residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and 77% percent of residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Livermore has seen some 4,700 COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic; Alameda County has seen a total of 97,000 cases.

COVID-19 cases countywide have dramatically risen in recent weeks, much like the rest of the state and nation.

Alameda County reported a total of 4,019 new COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks as of July 29, the most recent day for which data was available Monday afternoon. That’s up from 764 on June 29.

Last week Newsom warned that the state was eyeing “sobering projections” should current trends continue, including a significant increase in hospitalizations that could put pressure on health care systems across the state. Officials saw an increase in unvaccinated people who are admitted to the intensive care unit and die. COVID-19 case rates were 600 percent higher among unvaccinated Californians at that time.

“We must act now to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our community. If you are eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine and have not yet done so, please do not wait any longer,” said Dr. Chris Farnitano, Contra Costa’s health officer, in the statement.


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See also: Mask Mandate Renewed In 7 Bay Area Counties, City Of Berkeley