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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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.

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 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:".

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Andrea Smith May 17, 2021 04:40 PM
Vaccinated Californians to Continue Wearing Masks Indoors Until June 15

I cannot WAIT to go out to dinner again! Outside for now, but as time goes on and more ppl are vaccinated and numbers stay steadily low, inside too. I would love to not wear a mask but if a local business wants us too, no problem. People are gross anyway I've learned, coughing their germs all over the place.

Ahchooo May 17, 2021 06:34 PM
Vaccinated Californians to Continue Wearing Masks Indoors Until June 15

Just because a vaccinated person decides to continue wearing a mask indoors, does not mean they are being “obedient” or not questioning. They came to a different conclusion than you did. They might want to make others comfortable, at little burden to themselves.

a-1621295751 May 17, 2021 04:55 PM
Vaccinated Californians to Continue Wearing Masks Indoors Until June 15

4:41 and 4:44: Since you've made that contrafactual claim about masks before, here is the refutation, for about the fourth time:

https://www.factcheck.org/2021/03/scicheck-posts-distort-cdc-study-supporting-masks-mandates-to-reduce-covid-19/

To quote the relevant part:

How Growth Rate Finding Was Distorted
On March 6, Fox News’ Laura Ingraham tweeted that the study found mask mandates and restaurant restrictions “have a small impact” on COVID-19 cases and deaths. Later that day, an unreliable Twitter account called Breaking911 created a tweet thread about the new study, falsely claiming that it found “mask mandates lower COVID cases by around 1.5% over a two month period.”

But as we already explained, the study is not showing a decrease in the number of cases and deaths but a decrease in the growth rate of the daily cases and deaths.

“Because the growth rate is exponential,” the impact compounds, José Luis Jiménez, an analytical and atmospheric chemist at the University of Colorado Boulder who was not involved in the study, told us. “So, it’s kind of like your mortgage — you change your interest a little bit, and then you save a ton of money. Because the cases compound.”

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/science/science-briefs/masking-science-sars-cov2.html

Data regarding the “real-world” effectiveness of community masking are limited to observational and epidemiological studies.

An investigation of a high-exposure event, in which 2 symptomatically ill hair stylists interacted for an average of 15 minutes with each of 139 clients during an 8-day period, found that none of the 67 clients who subsequently consented to an interview and testing developed infection. The stylists and all clients universally wore masks in the salon as required by local ordinance and company policy at the time.32
In a study of 124 Beijing households with > 1 laboratory-confirmed case of SARS-CoV-2 infection, mask use by the index patient and family contacts before the index patient developed symptoms reduced secondary transmission within the households by 79%.33
A retrospective case-control study from Thailand documented that, among more than 1,000 persons interviewed as part of contact tracing investigations, those who reported having always worn a mask during high-risk exposures experienced a greater than 70% reduced risk of acquiring infection compared with persons who did not wear masks under these circumstances.34
A study of an outbreak aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, an environment notable for congregate living quarters and close working environments, found that use of face coverings on-board was associated with a 70% reduced risk.35
Investigations involving infected passengers aboard flights longer than 10 hours strongly suggest that masking prevented in-flight transmissions, as demonstrated by the absence of infection developing in other passengers and crew in the 14 days following exposure.36,37

There are many more, but they just hammer the same point home. Masks work. At this point, only a complete ignoramus pushing a political agenda would say otherwise.

Voice of Reason May 17, 2021 04:44 PM
Vaccinated Californians to Continue Wearing Masks Indoors Until June 15

@ Sac, misread the *not when first responding, but it still holds as except for limited instances (close proximity for a period of time, indoors, poor ventilation) the science says the mask don't provide much benefit. Well, epidemiologically not much benefit, psychologically is a different story.

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