Woman wearing a mask

The Los Angeles mask mandate is back. Coronavirus cases are rising across the United States and in Los Angeles. LA County reports 1,537 new cases as of July 16 with 3 total deaths. Hospitals admitted over 400 new patients related to the virus.

People must wear masks indoors. The increase in cases prompted the action. Dr. Muntu Davis said “This is an all-hands-on-deck moment” in a news conference.

Michael Drake, President of the University of California writes to the University’s chancellors that students not vaccinated are not be allowed to attend classes in-person. He made the decision after meeting with experts.

Cases of COVID-19 are beginning to rise in the U.S., it is likely due to infectious Delta variant (B1617.2). The Delta variant is highly transmissible and can easily spread across borders due to its high virulence.

We have seen a significant decrease in COVID-19 cases over the last few weeks but now it seems as though they’re beginning to rise again.

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The World Health Organization released a recommendation that even fully vaccinated people should wear masks inside due to the growing threat of Delta variant.

Delta variant is more infectious than its predecessor and has continued spreading despite efforts to curb it. This new strain poses an ominous risk for most countries around world including those where vaccines are in short supply and access is difficult or impossible. In the wake of a spike in coronavirus cases, other California counties and states are struggling to find ways to combat the disease spread.

At the current time there are several states where more than 20% of the population is hesitant to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Determining whether or not you should get a vaccination is a difficult decision for some.

Woman wearing a mask on the subway

The deadline for the mandate to be in effect is Saturday night at a minute before midnight.