Face Covering to Be Required Indoors Regardless of Vaccination Status

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Update by Santa Barbara County Public Health Department
August 4, 2021

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department has issued a Health Officer Order which requires the use of masks in indoor public settings.  This order requires all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, to wear face coverings when indoors in public settings, with limited exceptions, starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, August 6, 2021

The Delta variant has been present in Santa Barbara County since April and is highly transmissible. While the risk for COVID-19 infection is highest among unvaccinated people, the incidence of infection among fully vaccinated people is increasing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed in preliminary data that fully vaccinated people who do become infected with the Delta variant can be infectious and can spread the virus to others.

“Hospitalizations have increased, primarily among unvaccinated people. The County of Santa Barbara is also seeing a concerning increase in cases among staff and residents in long-term care facilities and in other congregate living settings,” said Public Health Director Dr. Van Do-Reynoso. “Over the past two weeks, the County’s active COVID-19 cases have increased significantly with a case rate of 12.4 per 100,000 and a test positive of 6.8% which would have placed Santa Barbara County in the Purple Tier if the tier system were still active,” says Do- Reynoso.

“Requiring indoor masking is the least disruptive strategy and can make an immediate impact on limiting the spread of COVID-19, specifically the Delta variant,” said Public Health Officer, Dr. Henning Ansorg.  “This Health Officer Order is intended to protect everyone to the greatest extent possible, from the substantial spread of the virus being seen now in our community.  In addition, the order is intended to support the continued operations of local businesses, activities and schools,” says Ansorg.

The current Health Officer Order is consistent with the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the California Department of Public Health, which recommend that fully vaccinated people wear masks while in indoor public settings.  The full Health Officer Order can be read here: https://publichealthsbc.org/health-officer-orders/

Visit https://publichealthsbc.org/vaccine to learn where you can find a vaccination site near you or call 2-1-1. If you missed your second dose, please find a vaccination clinic near you.


Source: County of Santa Barbara
August 3, 2021

Beginning Friday, August 6, Santa Barbara County Public Health is mandating the use of universal face coverings indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Public Health is closely monitoring case rates, and will be releasing a universal mandatory mask mandate in indoor settings only. The SBCPH HOO will be issued Wednesday, August 4, to be effective Friday, August 6 at 5:00 P.M. and will be available at https://publichealthsbc.org/. In all indoor Santa Barbara County businesses, masks will be required regardless of vaccination status. Updated signage for businesses will be posted later this week at recoverysbc.org. At this time, social distancing is not required. 
 
In addition, the State of California released an additional Health Officer Order on masking and testing for unvaccinated individuals in particular settings.
 
The updated State guidance includes: 
  • Recommendation for universal masking indoors Statewide
  • Adds Adult and Senior Care Facilities to settings where all individuals must wear masks indoors
  • References new requirements for unvaccinated workers in the State Health Officer July 26 Order
 
In this updated State guidance, all facilities listed below must verify vaccine state of all workers. For acceptable forms of verification, please click here. In addition, all facilities identified in this order must follow CDPH masking guidance which requires masks for all individuals in indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status. Surgical masks are recommend. This includes the healthcare settings, state and local correctional facilities, homeless shelters and long term care centers. Additional CDPH masking guidance can be found here. Testing requirements in this new guidance requires: 
 
Note that the State Health Officer Order applies to the following settings:
 
 
A. Acute Health Care and Long-Term Care Settings:
  • 1. General Acute Care Hospitals
  • 2. Skilled Nursing Facilities (including Subacute Facilities)
  • 3. Intermediate Care Facilities
 
B. High-Risk Congregate Settings:
 
C. Other Health Care Settings:    
  • 7. Acute Psychiatric Hospitals
  • 8. Adult Day Health Care Centers
  • 9. Adult Day Programs Licensed by the California Department of Social Services
  • 10. Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) and PACE Centers
  • 11. Ambulatory Surgery Centers
  • 12. Chemical Dependency Recovery Hospitals
  • 13. Clinics & Doctor Offices (including behavioral health, surgical)
  • 14. Congregate Living Health Facilities
  • 15. Dental Offices
  • 16. Dialysis Centers
  • 17. Hospice Facilities
  • 18. Pediatric Day Health and Respite Care Facilities
  • 19. Residential Substance Use Treatment and Mental Health Treatment Facilities
 
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a-1628097483 Aug 04, 2021 10:18 AM
Face Covering to Be Required Indoors Regardless of Vaccination Status

SBSchools mandated flu shots for Elementary teachers and staff many years ago. Most of us complied. Many of us got the flu shortly after, but weren't sick for long. ISo vaccinations have been required before for something much less deadly. We were also required to have several shots and tests, including TB, before beginning work as new teachers.

ChemicalSuperFreak Aug 03, 2021 07:15 PM
Face Covering to Be Required Indoors Regardless of Vaccination Status

At the beginning of July I predicted there would be a mask mandate, regardless of vaccination status. My data analysis on the delta variant is quite straight forward, accurate, and based on actual numbers that are freely available.

SBisOk Aug 03, 2021 06:45 PM
Face Covering to Be Required Indoors Regardless of Vaccination Status

The great travesty in all this is that at some point someone announced that we can eradicate this virus: "we can beat it." But that was and is an unrealistic expectation. To expect to get rid of a virus in less than a year is preposterous. And now people are turning on their friends, family, neighbors - blaming and yelling and being angry to the point of wishing death on people over an unrealistic goal.

a-1628060150 Aug 03, 2021 11:55 PM
Face Covering to Be Required Indoors Regardless of Vaccination Status

SBisok, That is human nature, unfortunately. Disappointing to see people turning on each other with no compassion. Reminds me a little, actually, of the fervor of 1600's witch hunts and "burnings" when people thought their misfortunes could be solved by getting rid of disliked members of their society.

Voice of Reason Aug 03, 2021 09:33 PM
Face Covering to Be Required Indoors Regardless of Vaccination Status

To cover for disastrous covid policies that promised to “defeat the virus” with “science”, while yielding no discernible benefit for its population than policies that took a more supportive vs. authoritarian role emphasizing personal responsibility over strict mandates, the failed policy makers have simply turned us on each other by blaming an entire swath of the population for why their policies failed to stop covid. We’re not going to stop covid, we never were, but because of real science, we have a vaccine that anyone can get if they want, and brings the risk of a serious or deadly case of covid well below many other risks we customarily face every day.

YepSB Aug 03, 2021 08:21 PM
Face Covering to Be Required Indoors Regardless of Vaccination Status

Ternst, I am sorry you suffer from all of those ailments. But unless you can clearly and scientifically link all of those fairly common ailments directly to the vaccines you received, you are just speculating as to the cause of your ailments. Which does not contribute to a helpful dialogue on the current situation.
The "just like the common cold" or " just the flu" ideology about Covid has been thoroughly disproved by peer reviewed medical journals.
"Get off your ass and exercise and eat healthy" is 100% an awesome message and I will shout it from the peaks as the best thing to do to help stave off ANY health ailments. But it just isn't anywhere as high of a protection level against needing hospital care if you contract Covid than if you are vaccinated.

sacjon Aug 03, 2021 06:27 PM
Face Covering to Be Required Indoors Regardless of Vaccination Status

LOOSE - Yes. 10000% yes. I believe New York City just imposed a vax mandate for indoor dining and gyms. It's about time we follow suit. If you refuse to mask, that's one thing, but the people refusing to get the vaccine AND refusing to mask up are the ones putting our friends and families at risk. Time to treat them like the outcasts they are.

Ahchooo Aug 04, 2021 07:21 PM
Face Covering to Be Required Indoors Regardless of Vaccination Status

You’d prefer the President stand there and say “We don’t know what the f is going to happen and we are completely at the mercy of a novel virus and a bunch of nitwits on the internet, so good luck to us.” ? He was trying to inspire people: get the vaccine, wear masks when necessary, and things will get better. Whereas Trump was just trying to pretend the whole thing was a hoax.

ConservativeSB Aug 03, 2021 06:07 PM
Face Covering to Be Required Indoors Regardless of Vaccination Status

I agree that Trump was wrong. Not sure where your argument is. He was also right about the vaccine coming by the end of 2020 and everyone said he was a crackpot for it. I agree about politicians, they’re a bunch of hacks who should get out of the way

sacjon Aug 03, 2021 05:44 PM
Face Covering to Be Required Indoors Regardless of Vaccination Status

CONSERVATIVESB - Wait, so when Trump said it would "go away in April" (Feb 10, 2020) or "It is going to go away. It is going away." (April 3, 2020) or "It is gonna disappear. It’s gonna disappear. I still say it." (Sept 15, 2020) he was lying?

See how that works? Best not to believe politicians are magicians or miracle workers.

a-1628035911 Aug 03, 2021 05:11 PM
Face Covering to Be Required Indoors Regardless of Vaccination Status

@METTERNACHT Actually I think you can refute the argument. What, in the long run, will masking actually achieve? If rates go down, then people who have resisted getting vaccinated will have even less reason to do so. And whenever the masks come back off, nothing in the world will have changed. COVID delta, epsilon, lambda, etc., will still be around and we will be right exactly in the same place, with rates starting to rise again. The only answer is mandatory vaccination. Everything else is delay and theater.

Voice of Reason Aug 03, 2021 05:10 PM
Face Covering to Be Required Indoors Regardless of Vaccination Status

The "mask theater" wouldn't even be that bad if it didn't spill over into requiring our kids to be masked (because they're excellent at PPE protocol) or provide a false sense of security for some at-risk / living with at-risk leading to them engaging in activities they probably shouldn't.

Andrea Smith Aug 03, 2021 04:58 PM
Face Covering to Be Required Indoors Regardless of Vaccination Status

It was simple really. If you're not vaccinated please wear a mask. NO ONE wore a mask from what I could see except the workers. Now, the government has to step in once again and then they'll be temper tantrums. Who didn't see this coming? You can't win with some people so you have to make them comply. When will they learn.

Chip of SB Aug 03, 2021 04:57 PM
Face Covering to Be Required Indoors Regardless of Vaccination Status

I’m surprised they lifted the mask orders for as long as they did. Now that we are about a year and a half into our covid restrictions, masks have finally become a permanent part of our lives. We will never be able to go without them again, unless something crazy happens in the election next month.

Voice of Reason Aug 03, 2021 04:54 PM
Face Covering to Be Required Indoors Regardless of Vaccination Status

Former President Biden COVID-19 adviser and top epidemiologist Michael Osterholm admitted that typical paper masks are ineffective and suggested that Americans may need to switch to heavier duty N-95 masks to battle the new wave of cases in an interview on CNN Monday.

"We know today that many of the face cloth coverings that people wear are not very effective in reducing any of the virus movement in or out," Osterholm, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, said.

"We need to talk about better masking," he continued. "We need to talk about N-95 respirators, which would do a lot for both people who are not yet vaccinated or not previously infected."

dukemunson Aug 03, 2021 06:30 PM
Face Covering to Be Required Indoors Regardless of Vaccination Status

Sac - it wasn’t that long ago that you were telling us to stop complaining about masks as we’re vaccinated and we’d never have to wear masks again…

I’m starting to get the feeling we might be waking up one day not too far in the future and find ourselves here arguing with pit about how crazy it is that schools are closed again…

Time may truly be a flat circle…

SBTownie Aug 03, 2021 05:06 PM
Face Covering to Be Required Indoors Regardless of Vaccination Status

I agree with VOR. If we're going to have mask mandates, it should be for masks that actually do something. Frankly, the government should have mobilized to manufacture and distribute these freely to the community and they should be the required wear if we're actually going to do this again. Otherwise it's hygiene theater.

Andrea Smith Aug 03, 2021 05:05 PM
Face Covering to Be Required Indoors Regardless of Vaccination Status

VOR they've already said they recommend N or KN 95, or a surgical under a cloth. If people once again don't want to heed the advice then maybe they will have to mandate then ppl will still bitch and moan and say then the government has to buy it for me or some crap.

Voice of Reason Aug 03, 2021 04:59 PM
Face Covering to Be Required Indoors Regardless of Vaccination Status

We've known this from the beginning, that cloth masks are next to useless. If we're going to have a mask mandate that is actually effective rather than performative, why isn't it a N95 or KN95 mask mandate. Didn't Newsome order a billion $ worth from China? Where are those? We mobilized national resources to mass produce ventilators that went unused, mobilized hospitals ships and field hospitals outside major cities that went nearly unused, mobilized to mass produce hundreds of millions of vaccine doses in record time, why, if masks (that work, i.e. N95) are so important why doesn't everyone have a supply of N95's? Using the simply cloth or paper surgical masks don't provide much benefit, and worse, provide many with a false sense security. How many times have your heard "but I always wore a mask and still got it" comments the past 18 months?

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