Though COVID infections and hospitalizations remain well below the levels of previous surges, the latest increases are cause for alarm, officials say.
State health officials are reviewing federal guidance that residents who are vaccinated should resume wearing masks in indoor public settings.
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The positivity rate now stands at 5.2% in Los Angeles County, and health officials say that cases have increased twentyfold over the last month.
Statewide, the number of coronavirus-positive patients in the hospital more than doubled in the last month, and the rate has climbed further in the last two weeks.
Six more California counties are urging masks in indoor public spaces amid upticks in coronavirus cases and circulation of the Delta variant.
Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, many health and law enforcement officials have favored educating residents about masking rules and urging adherence rather than writing tickets.
Orange, San Diego and San Bernardino counties have all seen their daily case averages more than triple over the past two weeks.
Tuesday marked the fifth straight day that the number of new coronavirus infections exceeded 1,000.
With the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus continuing to spread statewide, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is recommending that all residents wear masks in public indoor spaces — regardless of whether they’ve been va…