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Mask Mandates Coming Back in This State


Five counties in California implemented mask mandates for some areas on Wednesday as a precautionary measure ahead of flu season, ABC7 News reported.

Staff members at hospitals and doctor’s offices in Alameda, San Mateo, Contra Costa and Sonoma counties must now wear masks when interacting with patients, according to ABC7. Santa Clara County implemented additional measures, requiring hospital patients and residents at long-term care facilities to wear face coverings in addition to healthcare providers and staff.

“The order in Santa Clara County does require masking for everyone who steps into a healthcare facility,” Dr. Sarah Rudman, Santa Clara County’s deputy health officer, told ABC7. “And that’s because we’re all at risk during this winter virus season. We all need to play a role in protecting ourselves and protecting each other.”

Several other California counties implemented mask recommendations this year, as well, including Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties. Los Angeles County currently requires every healthcare worker who has not received the COVID-19 vaccine booster to wear a mask when they come in contact with patients, while San Bernardino County“strongly recommends” that individuals wear masks in indoor public settings at all times.

Supporters of the rule argued that mask mandates would prevent a “tripledemic” of RSV, the flu and COVID-19, according to ABC7. There has been an “incredible pushback” against previous attempts to mandate masks in the area, according to Dr. Karen Smith, the interim health officer for Sonoma County.

“We’re over it,” one California hospital worker, who asked to remain anonymous, told Fox KTVU News. “Our patients, we still don’t know if they’re coming in with [C]ovid, but it doesn’t scare me.”

The mask mandates will remain in place for until at least March 2024, according to ABC7.

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  1. It’s amazing that California politicians STILL are riding that china virus train and have AGAIN resorted to mask mandates for population control. And the Cali sheep just obey, obey, obey. Sad, pathetic group of people, they are.

    1. Commie-pornia has been sad & pathetic for decades, it’s just become more noticeable over the last 3 years or so.

  2. Funny how you can read a header and know instantly what state it is without even clicking on it.

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