Vaccinated Californians to Continue Wearing Masks Indoors Until June 15

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By edhat staff

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is advising vaccinated Californians to continue wearing face masks indoors until June 15.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released new guidance last week and stated vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. 

California is planning to implement these new CDC guidelines on June 15, the date when Governor Gavin Newsom plans to lift all COVID-19 restrictions for the state. California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly stated this four-week period will give Californians time to prepare for the change while the state continues to focus on delivering vaccines, particularly in underserved communities.

“We urge all Californians to get vaccinated to ensure that infection and hospitalization rates remain low across the state and that we can all return to the activities we love. Until June 15, when California plans to fully reopen the economy, California will keep our existing guidance around masks in place," wrote Dr. Ghaly in a public statement.

Since May 3, face coverings have not been required for outdoor gatherings except at crowded events and for unvaccinated people when physical distancing cannot be maintained. In indoor settings outside of one's home including public transportation and schools, face coverings are required regardless of vaccination status," wrote Dr. Ghaly.

California has administered more than 34 million vaccines and is among the lowest case and positivity rates in the nation.

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LooseCannon May 18, 2021 05:48 AM
Vaccinated Californians to Continue Wearing Masks Indoors Until June 15

What would be the purpose of wearing a mask if you're fully immunized?There's absolutely no need for me to continue wearing a mask for the sake of my health or anyone else's. I don't see what's immature about that at all. I base my actions on science, not fear or paranoia or anything else.

LooseCannon May 18, 2021 06:01 AM
Vaccinated Californians to Continue Wearing Masks Indoors Until June 15

As far as "instant gratification" goes, I've been wearing a mask for over a year, mostly for the sake of other people (the elderly, the sick and the morbidly obese), I patiently waited my turn for the vaccine (unlike many other people, who skipped the line), and now that I am fully immunized, and no harm to myself or anyone else, I am going maskless everywhere. Anyone who has a problem with that can go screw themselves.

Sbrysa May 18, 2021 06:37 AM
Vaccinated Californians to Continue Wearing Masks Indoors Until June 15

I’m sure you’re not alone in your opinion. As a business owner that was mandated to close for 9 months I am following all the rules feelings aside. I think many of us will do anything just to stay open. It’s also my understanding that if someone sees you in a business without a mask, and reports the business the owner will get a heft fine and threats and lawsuits if not complied with. After the year we’ve had how can u blame the owner for making you wear one. You’re saying we should absorb all the fines and lawsuits so you can not wear a mask after the year we’ve had? You’re misplacing your anger.

Life in SoCal May 17, 2021 07:58 PM
Vaccinated Californians to Continue Wearing Masks Indoors Until June 15

"California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly stated this four-week period will give Californians time to prepare for the change"

Sorry, but I don't need a 4-week notice to remove my mask!

When the masks became required, there was no 4-week notice, in fact it was more like "It's now required by everyone, or be subject to fines....

jak May 18, 2021 07:24 AM
Vaccinated Californians to Continue Wearing Masks Indoors Until June 15

Pretty much everyone who really cares has been vaccinated by now at least once. Masks have minimal effect on the spread of the virus and that minimal effect was well worth the price of admission back when it was the only thing that we could do other than not going indoors near other people. With vaccines though, the masks quickly become silly. Kind of like walking indoors during a rainstorm and not putting away your umbrella.

Yes, I know that children are still not vaccinated but children have nor been very susceptible to this infection and have not been big spreaders, plus masks on children have not proven to be even minimally effective in a number of studies.

Shasta Guy May 17, 2021 08:12 PM
Vaccinated Californians to Continue Wearing Masks Indoors Until June 15

Newsom only follows the political science. Texas and Florida abandoned mandatory masks a long time ago and Armageddon didn’t materialize. There is no reason to keep fully vaccinated people masked up. If you don’t trust the science of vaccines then each day you are sliding towards being a fearful mask clinger. I suspect the mid June date he chose must have something to timing after the end of the school year. What a poor leader, I hope he is recalled.

Shasta Guy May 17, 2021 08:57 PM
Vaccinated Californians to Continue Wearing Masks Indoors Until June 15

Forcing vaccinated people to remain masked only perpetuates fear needlessly. If you are not vaccinated and you have comorbidities, then you should you should be very careful and think about getting vaccinated ASAP.

If you are vaccinated, your personal risk of Covid is dramatically diminished and your ability transmit Covid is basically nil. For the state of California to treat vaccinated people as the greatest threat to humanity is pointless and overbearing. There is little science from the state of California only raw political power to advance social agendas.

a-1621310888 May 17, 2021 09:08 PM
Vaccinated Californians to Continue Wearing Masks Indoors Until June 15

California under Newsom is minimizing the number of citizens infected and killed. It's the freedumb crowd with their nonsensical demands and expensive but futile recall theater who are pushing an antisocial agenda. What about those infection rates in Texas and Florida, eh?

Voice of Reason May 18, 2021 09:23 AM
Vaccinated Californians to Continue Wearing Masks Indoors Until June 15

@9:08 for you to make that comment with a straight face you'd have to 1) completely turn a blind eye to the multitude of negative, long-term health and wellness issues created by our State response (covid health above all else!), acknowledge that CA did not follow the science but took the political path and arbitrarily made every NPI stricter than recommended (because our state bureaucrats know better than the CDC, WHO, American Academy of Pediatrics, etc.) and 3) completely ignore data from the CDC that shows States like Florida, with a much older population and ZERO RESTRICTION SINCE SEPTEMBER 2020!, had comparable covid numbers to CA - RESTRICTIONS STILL IN PLACE DESPITE CDC GUIDANCE - all the while FL having a much older population.

Voice of Reason May 18, 2021 10:58 AM
Vaccinated Californians to Continue Wearing Masks Indoors Until June 15

Here is a link the CDC for you: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#cases_casesper100k

I particularly like this data tracker that shows trends over time for selected states. https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#compare-trends_newcasesper100k

I challenge you to pick 2 lockdown states and 2 open states, without looking at the color coded legend, you wouldn't be able to pick which 2 "followed the science" and which two showed "Neanderthal thinking:".

sacjon May 18, 2021 11:09 AM
Vaccinated Californians to Continue Wearing Masks Indoors Until June 15

VOR - great link! Yeah, Florida's 102 cases per 100/K in the last 7 days compared to CA's 26 is really helping out your whole "Florida is better" theory. Oh, were you going to try to say that FL's 10,472 to our 9,275 total per 100/K is your "proof?" Haha, ok go for it. Keep trying........

Voice of Reason May 18, 2021 11:21 AM
Vaccinated Californians to Continue Wearing Masks Indoors Until June 15

Sac conveniently doesn't look at information that doesn't reflect his preferred narrative. We're talking about how CA and FL have handled the pandemic, comparing deaths/100k since the beginning, he focuses on the last seven days ignoring the past 14 months. Conversely, when I was previously pointing out how open Florida has less current cases than re-lockdowned CA during the winter, Sac couldn't stop talking about the totals since the beginning.

dukemunson May 18, 2021 11:38 AM
Vaccinated Californians to Continue Wearing Masks Indoors Until June 15

Sac - Look at deaths per 100k. California is at 158 (per 100k) and Florida is at 167 (per 100k). 95% of COVID deaths are of people over 55 years old.

Check out this graph from the CDC:

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid_weekly/index.htm

California deaths 0-17 year olds - 30
Florida deaths 0-17 year olds - 14

California deaths 18-29 - 348
Florida deaths 18-29 - 117

California 30-39 year old death - 1084
Florida 30-39 deaths - 317

California 40-49 year old deaths - 2805
Florida 40-49 year old deaths -911

California 50-64 year old deaths - 12862
Florida deaths 50-64 year olds - 4675

California 65-74 year old deaths - 14494
Florida 65-74 deaths - 7324

California 75-84 deaths - 15669
Florida 75-84 deaths - 10,035

California 85 and older deaths - 16475
Florida 85 and older deaths - 9686

When you break it down by age, Florida is quite simply doing better. Yes, they have half as many people...but look at the numbers!!! Florida has about 1/3 of the deaths of California in all age brackets until you get to the 65 to 74 when it's 1/2 the deaths. Considering Florida has 1.4 million people over the age of 75 (while California has 1.7 million), the percentages continue to tilt to Florida.

GeneralTree May 18, 2021 11:40 AM
Vaccinated Californians to Continue Wearing Masks Indoors Until June 15

If California had Florida’s death rate, roughly 6,000 more Californians would be dead from COVID-19, and tens of thousands of additional patients likely would have landed in already overburdened hospitals. And if Florida had California’s death rate, roughly 3,000 fewer Floridians would be dead from COVID-19.

dukemunson May 18, 2021 11:45 AM
Vaccinated Californians to Continue Wearing Masks Indoors Until June 15

GT - COVID killed older people at wildly disproportionate rates than younger people. Florida has a much higher population of older people. So if you actually care to look at the numbers, Florida did better than California...we just have a much lower percentage of people 75+.

sacjon May 18, 2021 01:16 PM
Vaccinated Californians to Continue Wearing Masks Indoors Until June 15

DUKE - I never ever once said CA is doing better than Florida, ONLY that, contrary to you and VOR, Florida is not doing better than CA. Big difference! But now I'm really done with this. You should be too! Masks are off outside, businesses are open, kids in school, youth sports going full swing! Come one! Stop wallowing on the details now. Yeah, you might have to wear a mask inside some businesses for a few more weeks. Oh well, it's not that bad!

a-1621369030 May 18, 2021 01:17 PM
Vaccinated Californians to Continue Wearing Masks Indoors Until June 15

Looking at deaths is a measure of the resilience of the healthcare system in the face of asinine political decisions to open up. When they get overwhelmed, deaths go up even more than they would in the case of rising infections. Bravo to the healthcare systems in Florida and Texas that are being unnecessarily burdened by their state government policies.

dukemunson May 18, 2021 01:25 PM
Vaccinated Californians to Continue Wearing Masks Indoors Until June 15

Sac - Perhaps it wasn't you, but quite a few people on here have talked about how effective Newsome and California was with direct links and comparison to Florida. If you look at the numbers though, California didn't do better. And honestly, when you look at the numbers Florida actually DID better...they just had a much higher percentage of their population in the COVID age range where death is much more likely.

Voice of Reason May 18, 2021 01:26 PM
Vaccinated Californians to Continue Wearing Masks Indoors Until June 15

Sac that's a change of tune from your prior comments but we're glad to have you on board in realizing CA would be in nearly the exact same spot without closing schools, without losing the publics trust, without destroying our economy, without forcing hundreds of thousands out of job, and without closing down thousands of small businesses that will never reopen.

GeneralTree May 18, 2021 01:28 PM
Vaccinated Californians to Continue Wearing Masks Indoors Until June 15

Yesterday Florida had 1,976 new Covid Cases and California had 1,391

The 7 day average for Floirda is 3,125 and while the 7 day average for California is 1,522

All with California having twice the population.

Is this because Florida is doing better than California - or is this because of the misinformed anti-vaxxers?

dukemunson May 18, 2021 01:28 PM
Vaccinated Californians to Continue Wearing Masks Indoors Until June 15

Except...they didn't! Florida's policies led to no additional burden. In fact, a lower percentage of their over 75 residents died than in California...they just have a proportionally much higher number of people over 75. So...California accomplished nothing except steal a year of school from our kids and nearly lead in the country in unemployment rate...win-win-win!

dukemunson May 18, 2021 01:30 PM
Vaccinated Californians to Continue Wearing Masks Indoors Until June 15

Generaltree - I know you wont go to the CDC for numbers, but again, here it is:

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid_weekly/index.htm

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid_weekly/index.htm

You are so blinded by misinformation that you cant take a step back and look that all those domestic terrorists in Florida with their schools being open all year and theme parks open all year and what not actually did better than California in terms of deaths over the last 14 months.

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