VENTURA (CBSLA) â Public health officials in Ventura County on Monday âstronglyâ recommended that people wear masks indoors in public places due to the rise of COVID-19 cases and the increased circulation of the delta variant.
But the countyâs recommendation stopped short of following neighboring Los Angeles County in mandating face masks indoors, regardless of vaccine status.READ MORE: Legendary Dodgers Broadcaster Jaime Jarrín To Retire After 2022 Season
âWhile vaccines remain our best tool against COVID-19, masking in indoor and crowded outdoor settings will help us curb the spread of this latest wave of infection,â Dr. Robert Levin, Ventura Countyâs health officer, said in a statement. âVentura County data have recently shown that unvaccinated people are 22 times more likely to become infected and hospitalized than vaccinated residents. Several of our hospitalized people have been vaccinated and that is several too many.â
Ventura County residents were urged to wear masks indoors in settings like grocery or retail stores, theaters, and family entertainment centers, while businesses were asked to expect universal masking for customers entering the indoor areas of their businesses to protect themselves and the businessâ employees.READ MORE: Pasadena Implements COVID Vaccine Mandate For Bars, Large Outdoor Events
Ventura County Public Health Director Rigoberto Vargas called the recent growth of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations âsignificant.â
âAs of today, there are 504 new cases since July 12, 41 current hospitalizations and nine community members in the ICU. The daily case rate per 100,000 has increased to 4.4,â Vargas said in a statement.
Most of the people who are requiring hospitalization for COVID-19 at this time are unvaccinated, but the wider spread of the more contagious delta variant is increasingly infecting vaccinated people, but they are less likely to suffer severe illness or death.MORE NEWS: DEA: Prescription Pills For Sale Online, On Social Media Often Laced With Deadly Dose Of Fentanyl
âFor the most part this is a surge of cases among our unvaccinated and it is preventable,â Levin said. âGet vaccinated.â