SANTA ANA (CBSLA) – Orange County’s chief health officer Thursday stopped short of requiring face coverings for workers at essential businesses in contrast to many other Southland jurisdictions in response to COVID-19.

The announcement came hours before the county said there were no new deaths and 67 new cases reported.

Dr. Nichole Quick, who has the authority to mandate the action, issued the order two days after the Orange County Board of Supervisors rejected a motion from Supervisor Andrew Do to make face coverings mandatory for at least food industry workers.

“Face coverings are an additional tool that may help protect staff and patrons from COVID-19, but they are not a substitute for proven protective measures like frequent hand washing, keeping your hands away from your face, practicing social distancing and staying home,” Quick said.

The recommendation follows guidance from the California Department of Public Health issued April 1.

Do declined to comment on Dr. Quick’s recommendation.

Comments (15)
  1. john says:

    What if the food worker has Covid-19 and shows no symptoms, then coughs on your food?

    1. april says:

      I agree, would Dr. Quick want someone to prepare her food who shows no sign of the virus, but has it. I would say no she would not.
      Stop playing with people lives!! You should do everything you can to save one person’s life, Dr. Quick!!!!!

    2. “Face coverings are an additional tool that may help protect staff and patrons from COVID-19, but they are not a substitute for proven protective measures like frequent hand washing, keeping your hands away from your face, practicing social distancing and staying home,” Quick said.

      Any Additional tool will only help!!!! In Fast Food, you are in an enclosed space. This Virus is Airborne!!!!! Why wouldn’t you want to limit the spread of Viruses from someone with covering their mouth and nose!!! It will only help and reduce the spread (not eliminate it).

    3. Hip says:

      How do you social distance when you work in a Fast Food area? 6 Feet is impossible!!!! I really hope they stay safe.

      Dr. Quick, Why don’t you work in fast food for a day and see if you will cover up or not. You are not in this situation.

      1. peter says:

        I would pay to see that!!!!!!!

      2. quick says:

        We should record her reactions also. I want to see her face, since it isn’t required!!!!

      3. Dave says:

        Why are you people DEMANDING more intrusive measures from the government. Why are you acting as though without official mandates we’re helpless? What in the world is wrong with you? Screamin’ about airborne pathogens which is incorrect, insisting that the law inflict itself further and further…please. stop. use your head. All they did was hesitate to mandate an action. They’re TRYING to leave our independence intact.

        There’s no bug floating around in the air willy nilly. Well…actually there are probably, but no more than every other day. Ba smart. Be clean. Don’t put potentially unclean stuff in your ‘soft openings’

        as for the food prep coughing on your food…that’s a rarity in normal times and is a health code violatinmregardless. Now, with heightened measures and no one on the entire planet unaware of the ‘threat,’ it’s likely safe to trust others to be responsible. Are you trustworthy? If so…doesn’t that mean most people are?

  2. tony873 says:

    Essential Workers are Essential!

  3. Brad Larsen says:

    Oh great. This shows poor judgement. Stay-At-Home is the nuclear option and needs to be curtailed to its minimum (safely), and that means curbing the spread as quickly as possible.

    We’re starving out here. Need to return to work. Need a workplace to return to. Our “comfort” of not wearing a mask be damned.

    Here’s a little window into how *real* health professionals react to a respiratory pandemic – successfully. Public use of masks is a huge part of it, along with other measures. Their economy is back to work and they never broke 700 cases in a single day at 1/6th our population. We’re over 30,000 per day and climbing.

    1. steve8747 says:

      Yes, you are right, look at New York!!!! No Mask!!! See how fast Covid-19 infected.

    2. hihithere says:

      Sneeze in your face mask, in the air, or arm? Which should i do? Right now, as a fast food worker, I guess into my arm since it isn’t mandatory.

      Does sneezing in my arm contain the virus as good as a face mask would? If so, by how much or how little? 10% better? 10% less? 50% better? 50% less?

      Answer that question to see if essential workers need to wear them to protect other workers by containing the virus in an individuals face mask.

      1. mack says:

        You can be infected and show no signs! Scary!

  4. Norman says:

    Am i going to die because of someone’s decision?

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