LA County Recommends Masking Indoors as a Precaution Against Delta Variant

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    The City of West Hollywood is getting the word out that the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has issued a strong recommendation that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wears masks indoors in public places as a precautionary measure against Delta Variant. This is not a requirement, but a strong recommendation.

    Some businesses in West Hollywood such as Capitol Drugs Pharmacy and AHF Pharmacy require a mask to enter their facilities regardless if a person is vaccinated.

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    According to an LA County Public Health statement issued on Monday, June 28, 2021: “Public Health strongly recommends people wear masks indoors in settings such as grocery or retail stores; theaters and family entertainment centers; and workplaces when you don’t know everyone’s vaccination status. Until we better understand how and to who the Delta variant is spreading, everyone should focus on maximum protection with minimum interruption to routine as all businesses operate without other restrictions, like physical distancing and capacity limits.”

    In the week ending June 12, Delta variants comprised of nearly half of all variants sequenced in Los Angeles County. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted that Delta variants are now responsible for about one in every five new infections across the country, up from approximately one in every 10 the week before.

    LA County Public Health issued a revised Health Officer Order, “A Safer Return Together at Work and in the Community,” which took effect on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. It aligns Los Angeles County with guidelines from the State of California. The Order is posted on the LA County Public Health website at:
    http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/coronavirus/docs/HOO/HOO_SaferReturnWorkCommunity.pdf.

    Local Public Health Officials are reminding community members that it is important to get tested for COVID-19 infection for people who develop symptoms, even if fully vaccinated. Testing is also recommended for unvaccinated people who have been in close contact with someone who has a confirmed COVID-19 infection or who has had a potential exposure. COVID-19 testing remains widely available across the county. Residents should first call their healthcare provider for a COVID-19 test. For people who cannot get a test through a healthcare provider, free testing is available; please visit https://covid19.lacounty.gov/testing.

    Los Angeles County coordinates a COVID-19 West Hollywood testing site at Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. The testing site open each week from Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and is adjacent to the Community Center in the South Parking Lot. Tests are being administered by Fulgent Genetics. Although walk-ins are welcome, it is strongly encouraged that those interested in getting a test pre-register for an appointment at la.fulgentgenetics.com. People getting tests should bring ID and confirmation number to the appointment.

    Health officials urge all people to get vaccinated. Residents ages 12 and older with internet access are urged to use www.VaccinateLACounty.com to sign up for a vaccination appointment. For people without access to a computer or the Internet, or people with disabilities, an LA County call center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. to help schedule appointments at (833) 540-0473.

    Additional information, such as links to West Hollywood-area drug store chains offering vaccinations, is available on the City of West Hollywood’s website at www.weho.org/coronavirus in the Vaccines and Testing Information section.

    Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks or more after they have received the second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two weeks or more after they have received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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    Cy Husain
    27 days ago

    Reinstating our non-pharmaceutical pandemic containment measures and, even enhancing them is a good idea given that we are currently headed for additional waves of the Pandemic ☣ lead by Delta & Delta+ variants. YES we were all looking foreword to reopening and the pandemic’s end but, the reality is that we may well be at the beginning and NOT the end of this problem❗ Already we are seeing the new COVID-19 surge happening, so please take this seriously.

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