Public Health Extends Indoor Face Mask Mandate

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Source: Santa Barbara County Public Health Department

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department has extended the 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. This Order 2022-10 is effective at    5 p.m., on February 1, 2022 and continuing until 5 p.m., on March 3, 2022 or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended.

As of January 28, 2022, the COVID-19 community transmission level is categorized as “High” in California and Santa Barbara County by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). As of January 21, 2022, the County has a case rate of 180.37 per 100,000 and a test positivity of 17.4%. The CDC continues to recommend fully vaccinated individuals wear a face covering in public indoor settings in areas with Substantial or High community transmission rates.

This Health Officer Order is consistent with the guidance from the CDC as well as the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). CDPH issued a mask mandate per State Health Officer Order recommending 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 more about local COVID-19 response or call 2-1-1.

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Voice of Reason Feb 08, 2022 04:17 PM
Public Health Extends Indoor Face Mask Mandate

MM1970, why would pediatric covid rates throughout the nation, from heavy remote schooling states and outdoor masking, to fully open schooling and no masks at all, be nearly identical?

mm1970 Feb 08, 2022 03:27 PM
Public Health Extends Indoor Face Mask Mandate

@SAC @VOR, The schools aren't doing contact tracing anymore, so who knows where the positive students picked it up. But my guess is that the students got COVID outside of school (statistically, that is typically the case).

Also, I'd like to add that my child doesn't have COVID, so I assume that wearing the masks at school DO work. OTOH, he's vaxxed and boosted and sits on the other side of the room anyway. With our current trend, I can hope that masks will be optional after spring break?

a-1644350437 Feb 08, 2022 12:00 PM
Public Health Extends Indoor Face Mask Mandate

11:18 - For once, you're close to being correct! Yes, if you stop your health precautions too soon, they don't work. The virus also works really well, is the problem. Instant gratification is not a good policy in a pandemic like this one.

sacjon Feb 08, 2022 11:26 AM
Public Health Extends Indoor Face Mask Mandate

MM1970 - did the 10% get infected while in class and wearing masks? Is it conceivable that they were infected outside of the masked environment? Kind of like a year ago when some here were hollering about how teachers who died of covid didn't get it in the classroom, therefore it was safe to be in class. Well, now they want the opposite to be true - the only place those 10% of the kids got covid was while wearing masks in the classroom - "therefore masks don't work at all."

Voice of Reason Feb 08, 2022 11:01 AM
Public Health Extends Indoor Face Mask Mandate

Wow! 10% of the class tested positive... but... but... but... they were all wearing masks! Thank god for masks otherwise the entire class would have ended up in the hospital.

a-1644346711 Feb 08, 2022 10:58 AM
Public Health Extends Indoor Face Mask Mandate

As usual, some people see only what they want to see. Don't be a fool. The indoor mask mandate is being lifted only for those who are vaccinated. Also, there will still be mask requirements for everyone in certain settings, like public transit and nursing homes.

dukemunson Feb 08, 2022 10:51 AM
Public Health Extends Indoor Face Mask Mandate

Who downvotes this??? Chip is simply pointing out a fact (California is dropping the mask mandate) and wondering if SB county will let the mandate expire as well. That's an important thing to know (mask mandate ending) and an incredibly important question as to what SB County will do!!!

a-1644346222 Feb 08, 2022 10:50 AM
Public Health Extends Indoor Face Mask Mandate

Let's hope sanity prevails and we retain masking until infections subside to a more manageable level. We have already experienced enough cycles of massive infection, impose health measures, relax measures too early, followed by massive infection, ...

dukemunson Feb 08, 2022 10:48 AM
Public Health Extends Indoor Face Mask Mandate

They have said K-12 will keep masking. Hopefully they change that and make masks option for school after Spring Break. Considering our school board...it's probably a 50/50 at best...

mm1970 Feb 08, 2022 10:11 AM
Public Health Extends Indoor Face Mask Mandate

We will see. I'm more interested in what the school district will do. My kids are fine with the masks, but it would be nice if they get to drop them by the end of the year. (For the teen especially...on one hand "maskne", on the other, masks cover it up?) On the flip side, one of his classes got the regular testing last week and 10% of the kids were positive.

100572P Feb 08, 2022 09:42 AM
Public Health Extends Indoor Face Mask Mandate

So many comments, so many grammatical errors and misspelled words. How can anyone trust what you say if you can't even conjugate properly or at minimum choose the proper their/there. Just wear a stupid mask. We all do things to placate the needy. Key to a peaceful life is compromise and balance.

Voice of Reason Feb 08, 2022 01:17 PM
Public Health Extends Indoor Face Mask Mandate

Kid's get a free pass because they aren't adults, and therefore won't be "adulting" like the rest of the actual adults. The political elite that put these mandates and restrictions in place can't even follow them themselves, and you want to place this burden on kids?

100572P Feb 08, 2022 12:39 PM
Public Health Extends Indoor Face Mask Mandate

why should the kids get a free pass? The responsibility belongs to every American citizen. This is what adulting looks like and sometimes you just have to suck it up. They can't even eat peanut butter sandwiches in school anymore = placating the needy.

Voice of Reason Feb 08, 2022 10:59 AM
Public Health Extends Indoor Face Mask Mandate

It should have never been our kids responsibility to placate the needy. Comprise and balance were nowhere to be found in California throughout the pandemic.

ZeroHawk Feb 03, 2022 09:10 AM
Public Health Extends Indoor Face Mask Mandate

Sac, you're arguing facts with some that don't get facts and reality bud....just let it go. better for your blood pressure. i'm with you, for sure...but these folks will come up with some of the dumbest notions and conspiracies that I don't think they even truly believe.

ZeroHawk Feb 03, 2022 09:11 AM
Public Health Extends Indoor Face Mask Mandate

man you people sure are cry babies and whiners....to the extreme. seriously. i've never in my life seen a group of adults acting like whiney little brats making up non sense and lies to push their point home, all the while knowing they don't even have a valid point. the constant same garbage posts from CHIP and the other deniers is over the top.

Andrea Smith Feb 02, 2022 03:41 PM
Public Health Extends Indoor Face Mask Mandate

I just have to jump in here with this never ending mask debate. First, note, I am pro-mask wearing, always have been. Second I know this is "anectodal" but I'll point it out anyway because I am more interested in truth and being objective than just clinging to something that may be unnecessary. I traveled to the east coast over the holidays. I was chagrined that hardly anyone was wearing masks, and that there was no mandate. When Omicron started spreading and cases going up, where I had been did not have as dramatic numbers and increases as even here in SB where there WAS a mandate and most people were wearing masks [at least I assume so b/c that is how it was before I left]. So, that is puzzling to me. Same as when last year, CA which had highest mask compliance, was one of the worst hit with the Winter huge surge we had. Sorry but that makes me scratch my head. I will still wear my mask b/c I wear a KN 95 and I think it does help and I am not interested in getting sick, period, especially with Covid [or getting long Covid] and I don't want to sicken others who may not survive or get hit hard but, I do have to wonder being someone willing to stay objective.

mm1970 Feb 03, 2022 09:24 AM
Public Health Extends Indoor Face Mask Mandate

I had a similar experience...except two different states. However, blue state #1 also had high numbers.

Purple state #2 (I was in a red area) - no masks, lots of parties, lower rates than here HOWEVER - this area had a VERY LARGE delta surge (like, 10x ours) that occurred in October and November. So their Omicron surge was not comparatively large. It was about the same (new cases/day) at the Omicron peak as it was in the Delta peak.

Our Delta peak was in August, so I think that some of the difference is simply how much natural immunity was floating around from prior infections.

Plus, cloth masks don't seem to be particularly effective against Omicron.

Andrea Smith Feb 02, 2022 03:42 PM
Public Health Extends Indoor Face Mask Mandate

OH and before someone jumps all over a possible untruth, this was a "blue" state [NJ] with Murphy as governor who tends to mimick Newsom although didn't this last go round.

JB86 Feb 02, 2022 12:30 AM
Public Health Extends Indoor Face Mask Mandate

While the debate continues, what I see is a lot of people losing confidence in government mandates. Travelling around CA, and seeing what is going on in other states, I see a lot of folks just ignoring the public health advice about masks. The latest change, advocating N95 masks, contrary to previous advice to preserve N95 masks for health professionals, has only eroded confidence. Even the Biden Admin is laying the groundwork to repeal the mandates. If they don't acknowledge the trend, the mandates will just die of neglect. Better to have an organized draw-down, I think. Time to recognize the disease is endemic, and not subject to eradication.

Ahchooo Feb 02, 2022 02:20 PM
Public Health Extends Indoor Face Mask Mandate

I understand your points. But why would people’s confidence be eroded just because we now have plenty of N95s and no longer need to reserve them for health professionals? Is that such a difficult concept?

a-1643778143 Feb 01, 2022 09:02 PM
Public Health Extends Indoor Face Mask Mandate

I am sick of the term "the science says." It's come to be used the same as "the church says" was used in medievil times. Anyone with a science background knows that much of "the science" will change and evolve and what is touted one day may be totally debunked the next. Even "good science" is often debated by equally competent scientists. Please everyone, finding "a study" and posting the link, doesn't make this the "word of God." There may be competing studies with different findings. I am never content with a single study, I like to see many of them before I become a "believer. " And it is important who is doing the interpreting of the data. A lot of what we are debating here though, doesn't require a battle of studies. It's common sense that physical distance and a proper barrier on your face should stop at least some degree of infectious particles.

a-1643776150 Feb 01, 2022 08:29 PM
Public Health Extends Indoor Face Mask Mandate

Adding to comments on stupid mask behavior, my absolute favorite is when people are in a gathering all dutifully masked up, but when its their turn to speak to the group they take their mask down! Okay, so it's easier to be heard that way, but of course when talking, people emit more potentially infectious droplets than when just sitting listening. That's the very time when they should have the mask ON! Saw this behavior on two Netflix documentaries just this week.

Voice of Reason Feb 01, 2022 05:01 PM
Public Health Extends Indoor Face Mask Mandate

It isn't the NPI's @ 4:47, it's the mandates and extreme power grab, particularly by our state, with the continued state of emergency designation. If the governor can vacation in Mexico, and on an east coast book tour, if he and mayor of LA and SF can attend a 70,000 person football game without a mask, if Los Angeles can host the freaking Super Bowl were are not in an emergency! END THE STATE OF EMERGENCY NOW

a-1643762832 Feb 01, 2022 04:47 PM
Public Health Extends Indoor Face Mask Mandate

Already, most people have figured out that nonpharmaceutical interventions like masking and social distancing are useful in the fight against COVID. We're still waiting for people like you to face reality, although it seems unlikely to ever happen given your confirmation bias.

a-1643756838 Feb 01, 2022 03:07 PM
Public Health Extends Indoor Face Mask Mandate

The questioning of the efficacy of obvious countermeasures to the spread of disease, presented so eloquently (well, at least prolifically) here by the resident COVIDIOTS, caused me to search for clinical studies showing the effectiveness of hand washing with soap to prevent the spread of disease. Couldn't find any. I guess the COVIDIOTS must be right, and people have been wasting time and water for generations!

a-1643783823 Feb 01, 2022 10:37 PM
Public Health Extends Indoor Face Mask Mandate

You clearly don't understand. This was in response to the comment that there had been a hard time finding studies on handwashing as well as on masks. The point was that there would be good reason to not find studies on flat earth or hand washing as both had been established long ago. And no, the analogy to handwashing is not appropriate because handwashing has been established for a great length of time, and mask studies, no matter how many you say there are, are more recent and not analogous in that respect. Not saying the studies on masks are not valid, or numerous, just not analogous.

a-1643778597 Feb 01, 2022 09:09 PM
Public Health Extends Indoor Face Mask Mandate

Au contraire. Masks have been shown to be effective against aerosolized respiratory diseases in many studies. Thus, the analogy with hand washing / flat Earth studies is quite appropriate.

a-1643776909 Feb 01, 2022 08:41 PM
Public Health Extends Indoor Face Mask Mandate

Not a good analogy of dearth of hand washing studies to dearth of masking studies. Masks and COVID are a more recent concern, and thus in need of more current studies. Bet you also won't find many studies on the earth being flat or round, because the answer to that was determined so long ago. There were many hand washing studies when the germ theory was first being figured out. But no real reason to keep on doing studies now, since the usefulness of handwashing was proven long ago. Physical distancing as a way to avoid any disease became obvious as soon as the germ theory was accepted widely. Masks and COVID not as obvious, but if even slightly efficacious wearing masks sure can't hurt.

Voice of Reason Feb 01, 2022 05:19 PM
Public Health Extends Indoor Face Mask Mandate

I guess I can't talk about the shortcomings of the Bangladesh study that was panned by actual experts (not me). There is a reason it hasn't been widely disseminated.

a-1643761599 Feb 01, 2022 04:26 PM
Public Health Extends Indoor Face Mask Mandate

3:20 - I was unable to find any clinical trial studies of handwashing. Your studies are meaningless. See how that works? No, I didn't think so. Projection is so much easier.

sacjon Feb 01, 2022 03:45 PM
Public Health Extends Indoor Face Mask Mandate

CHIP - well, look at what I found.... not one, but two non-lab studies on the effectiveness of masks against COVID:

"“Our study is the first randomized controlled trial exploring whether facial masking prevents COVID-19 transmission at the community level,” Styczynski said. “It’s notable that even though fewer than 50% of the people in the intervention villages wore masks in public places, we still saw a significant risk reduction in symptomatic COVID-19 in these communities, particularly in elderly, more vulnerable people.” (https://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2021/09/surgical-masks-covid-19.html)

"We have seen that the efficacy of public mask wearing is largely supported by epidemiological and ecological data, as well as models. " (https://www.pnas.org/content/118/4/e2014564118)

You got your study, and VOICE got even further proved to be absolutely, 100% WRONG.

Chip of SB Feb 01, 2022 03:20 PM
Public Health Extends Indoor Face Mask Mandate

I was able to find these studies almost instantly. They present research on hand hygiene under real world conditions and provide a numerical quantification of the reduction in disease achieved with hand hygiene. I can’t find anything similar for masks.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2446461/

https://www.who.int/gpsc/5may/MDRO_literature-review.pdf

sacjon Feb 01, 2022 03:10 PM
Public Health Extends Indoor Face Mask Mandate

3:07 - splendid! It's truly laughable, they demand "science," but then "no, not that science" or "I don't have to prove the science says what I say it does, YOU do."

Real bunch of "anuhlists" and Yootoob "scientists" in here......

dukemunson Feb 01, 2022 01:47 PM
Public Health Extends Indoor Face Mask Mandate

An interesting read out of John Hopkins University on the effectiveness of lockdowns (cliff notes version: It didn't really accomplish anything positive, and accomplished a whole lot of bad!).

https://sites.krieger.jhu.edu/iae/files/2022/01/A-Literature-Review-and-Meta-Analysis-of-the-Effects-of-Lockdowns-on-COVID-19-Mortality.pdf

Chip of SB Feb 01, 2022 11:16 AM
Public Health Extends Indoor Face Mask Mandate

Well, so far nobody has posted a link to any studies, clinical trials, or research that quantifies the reduction in covid transmission transmission that masks can achieve under real world conditions. Again, there is lots of data that quantifies the reduction of deaths and hospitalizations that is achieved by vaccines. Where is the data on masks? How much do they reduce covid transmission in the real world?

a-1643762618 Feb 01, 2022 04:43 PM
Public Health Extends Indoor Face Mask Mandate

4:33 - What you are again ignoring is that there were numerous clinical trials of Ivermectin. None of them showed any efficacy against COVID.

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