CDC now recommends masking up indoors in Sacramento and 4 nearby counties

CDC now recommends masking up indoors in Sacramento and 4 nearby counties

Federal health officials are now recommending that people mask up indoors in more places in California, including Sacramento and four surrounding counties due to high levels of COVID-19.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday added more counties to its “high” community level, which is based not only on rising cases but also on hospitalizations in communities. The guidance for counties with high levels is “wear a mask indoors in public.”By contrast, the CDC says that people in “medium” level counties “may choose to wear masks.”Counties in KCRA 3’s coverage area that are now in the CDC’s high-risk level include Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, El Dorado and Solano.Other California counties that are in the same category include Del Norte, Marin, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, Santa Clara and Sonoma.Alameda County, which is now classified at the CDC’s medium level, on Friday will reinstate a mask mandate in many indoor settings. The change to a high level will lead to a mask mandate for students at Sacramento City Unified School District.SCUSD previously said that moving to the CDC’s high level will trigger universal masking for students and staff and at all school sites. KCRA 3 has reached out to SCUSD for an update on the district’s timeline. Hospitalizations rose to 150, up from 138 the prior week. “We continue to monitor cases and the impact on hospitals,” county spokesperson Samantha Mott said in a statement about the latest increase. “Public Health continues to recommend vaccination and wearing masks in public places. Businesses may make independent risk assessments and implement additional requirements such as masking.”

Federal health officials are now recommending that people mask up indoors in more places in California, including Sacramento and four surrounding counties due to high levels of COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday added more counties to its “high” community level, which is based not only on rising cases but also on hospitalizations in communities. The guidance for counties with high levels is “wear a mask indoors in public.”

By contrast, the CDC says that people in “medium” level counties “may choose to wear masks.”

Counties in KCRA 3’s coverage area that are now in the CDC’s high-risk level include Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, El Dorado and Solano.

Other California counties that are in the same category include Del Norte, Marin, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, Santa Clara and Sonoma.

Alameda County, which is now classified at the CDC’s medium level, on Friday will reinstate a mask mandate in many indoor settings.

The change to a high level will lead to a mask mandate for students at Sacramento City Unified School District.

SCUSD previously said that moving to the CDC’s high level will trigger universal masking for students and staff and at all school sites. KCRA 3 has reached out to SCUSD for an update on the district’s timeline.

On Wednesday, Sacramento County’s COVID-19 dashboard reported a 7-day weekly average of 36.1 cases per 100,000 people, up from 32 the prior week. Hospitalizations rose to 150, up from 138 the prior week.

“We continue to monitor cases and the impact on hospitals,” county spokesperson Samantha Mott said in a statement about the latest increase. “Public Health continues to recommend vaccination and wearing masks in public places. Businesses may make independent risk assessments and implement additional requirements such as masking.”

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