PASADENA, Calif. (CNS) – Following the lead of Los Angeles County, Pasadena will soon require people to wear face masks again in indoor public places in the city, to guard against the spread of COVID-19, which whatever the vaccination status.
The city announced the decision on Monday evening.
Meanwhile, city spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said city workers will also be required to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, but no further details were immediately available, media reported. local. That would make Pasadena the first city in Southern California to require all city employees to get vaccinated.
“Due to the significant increase in the case rate over the past 3 weeks, Pasadena Public Health Department Director and Health Officer Dr Ying-Ying Goh will issue a health official order demanding face masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status, in public places and businesses, ”the city tweeted on Monday evening.
“The order will be finalized and released this week. While Pasadena’s case rates were lower than LA County last week, weekend case rates have continued to rise.”
Pasadena, like the city of Long Beach, has its own health department that operates independently of the county health department.
Previously, the city only recommended face masks in indoor public places.
According to Pasadena’s announcement on Monday, “Pasadena now meets the CDC’s definition of ‘substantial transmission’ of COVID19. Dr Goh continues to urge the public to #Get vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and available free of charge. “
City health officials reported 51 new infections between Saturday and Monday, but no additional deaths. In total, Pasadena has reported 11,558 cases of COVID-19 and 351 deaths. On average, Pasadena recorded 14.4 new infections each day over the past week, Pasadena Now reported.
Long Beach announced Thursday night that it would align with the county and also require everyone to wear an indoor mask.
The surge in the number of cases prompted LA County late Saturday night to reinstate the requirement that everyone wear masks in indoor public places, regardless of vaccination status.
The warrant means customers are again required to mask themselves when entering any indoor public establishment, including retail stores, grocery stores, restaurants and workplaces. Meals inside remain open, but guests must remain masked when not eating or drinking.
County health officials continue to attribute the current spike in infections to the highly contagious “Delta” variant of the virus across the unvaccinated population. There are nearly 4 million people in the county who have not been vaccinated, including 1.3 million children who are not eligible for vaccines.
On Monday, the county public health department announced 1,233 new COVID infections, bringing the county’s cumulative total throughout the pandemic to 1,269,090. Two more deaths were also reported on Monday, bringing the death toll in the county at 24,585.
According to state figures, 544 people were hospitalized in the county with COVID-19 on Monday, including 121 people in intensive care units. The number of hospitalizations has been increasing slowly but steadily for several weeks. As of Sunday, there were 528 people hospitalized, including 112 in intensive care.
The numbers are still far lower than the roughly 8,000 people who were hospitalized with COVID-19 during the winter wave of cases. The current number, however, is double the 218 hospitalizations reported on June 15, when COVID restrictions were largely lifted statewide.