SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — With instances of the extremely contiguous COVID-19 Delta variant on a speedy rise, a coalition of Bay Space county well being officers urged native vaccinated residents to as soon as once more put on masks indoors in public locations.
The measure, for now, is voluntary and follows within the wake of Los Angeles County requiring its residents to put on masks indoors, no matter their vaccination standing.
The plea was issued Friday regionally by well being officers in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Sonoma counties and the town of Berkeley.
“We’re asking our residents to collectively come collectively once more on this effort to stem the rising instances till we will assess how our hospital capability shall be impacted,” mentioned San Francisco Well being Officer Dr. Susan Philip.
“The Delta variant is spreading shortly, and everybody ought to take motion to guard themselves and others in opposition to this probably lethal virus,” Alameda County Well being Officer Dr. Nicholas Moss added.
In June, the Delta variants comprised 43 p.c of all confirmed instances of COVID-19 in California. The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention says Delta variants are actually accountable for 58 p.c of recent infections throughout the nation.
“Out of an abundance of warning, individuals are really helpful to put on masks indoors in settings like grocery or retail shops, theaters, and household leisure facilities, even when they’re totally vaccinated as an added layer of safety for unvaccinated residents,” officers mentioned within the joint assertion.
“Companies are urged to undertake common masking necessities for purchasers getting into indoor areas of their companies to supply higher safety to their workers and clients,” the assertion continued.
Bay Space Well being Officers will revisit this suggestion within the coming weeks as they proceed to observe transmission charges, hospitalizations, deaths, and growing vaccination charges all through the area.
In San Francisco, instances are rising among the many unvaccinated. Black and Latino individuals are getting photographs at a decrease charge than others, and Mayor London Breed urged them to get the vaccine.
She mentioned Thursday that each particular person hospitalized with COVID-19 at San Francisco Common Hospital is unvaccinated and most are African American.
San Francisco Supervisor Shamann Walton mentioned the best variety of instances are within the Bayview district, a largely Black neighborhood, “as a result of we’re not doing every part we will to guard one another. This can be a cry to my neighborhood. … We want you to get vaccinated.”
San Francisco has one of many highest total vaccination charges within the nation’s most populated state. A minimum of 83% of residents 12 and older have acquired at the least one dose.