Seven SF Bay Area Counties Reinstate Indoor Mask Rule

San Francisco’s ABC News affiliate reports:

Health officers from Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sonoma and the city of Berkeley announced a mask mandate Monday afternoon, requiring every resident to wear a face mask indoors in public settings, regardless of vaccination status.

“Across the Bay Area region we are seeing COVID-19 cases surging and hospitalizations are on a steep rise again, particularly among the unvaccinated. In Contra Costa County we’re alarmed at the rate at which COVID patients are filling our community hospital beds,” said Dr. Chris Farnitano, health officer for Contra Costa County.

He said the number of patients hospitalized in Contra Costa County has doubled in just the past 10 days and increased by more than 400% in the month of July.

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