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Indoor mask mandate is back in Santa Clara County as Delta variant spreads

Masks are back in Santa Clara County. Officials today announced that as of Tuesday, August 3, all individuals in the county — whether vaccinated or unvaccinated — will be required to wear face coverings when indoors in public places.

The available vaccinations against COVID-19 have proven effective at curbing the spread of disease and preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death, but the new Delta variant of COVID has led to a rash of new infections, largely among unvaccinated people.

To date, 84% of Santa Clara County residents age 12 and above have received at least one vaccine dose, and 78% of such residents are fully vaccinated. Still, given Delta, the County is now logging an average of 227 new COVID cases every seven days. 

The vaccines have been shown to provide strong protection against the Delta variant, but even vaccinated people can transmit it easily, and the variant is notorious for its rapid rate of spread. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Delta variant is more transmissible than the flu, the common cold, Ebola, MERS and SARS, and smallpox — and as transmissible as chickenpox.

According to Deputy Health Officer for the County of Santa Clara Dr. George Han, “We need the added protection of masks back into our lives until everyone is able to be vaccinated, especially children.”

Said a County news release today, in explaining the new mask order, “Indoor settings, whether public or private, are higher risk for COVID-19 transmission, especially when you are with people you do not live with. Health officials also recommend that all employers make face coverings available to individuals entering their businesses, and businesses are required to implement the indoor face covering order.”

 

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Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer & filmmaker. As a screenwriter, he’s won a Fade In Award and written numerous feature films in development by companies including WWE, Mandalay Sports Media, Game1, and Select Films. He is also the resident script doctor for Rebel Six Films (producers of A&E’s “Hoarders”). As a journalist, Eric’s won a California Journalism Award and is co-owner and editor of The Milpitas Beat, a Silicon Valley newspaper with tens of thousands of monthly readers that has won the Golden Quill Award as well as the John Swett Award for Media Excellence. As a filmmaker, Eric’s directed award-winning feature films that have premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and Shriekfest, and been endorsed by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Eric’s apocalyptic novella “It’s Only Temporary” appears next to Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” on Nightmare Magazine’s list of the 100 Best Horror Novels of All Time. He lives in Northern California with his wife, Rhoda, and their two sons.

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