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Posted on: August 3, 2021

MONO COUNTY ISSUES INDOOR MASK ORDER FOLLOWING INCREASE IN LOCAL COVID-19 CASES

Dr. Richard O. Johnson, Acting Public Health Officer for Mono County, issued a Local Health Order effective August 6, 2021 requiring the use of face coverings (masks) for both vaccinated and unvaccinated residents and visitors within indoor public spaces.  This Order will remain in effect until rescinded, in writing, by the Mono County Health Officer based on three consecutive weeks of adjusted case of below 6.9 per 100,000. 

“During the last six weeks, increased interactions among members of the public have resulted in an increased number of daily new COVID-19 cases in Mono County, with case rates more than quadrupling since reopening on June 15,” said Bryan Wheeler, Mono County Director of Public Health. “Community transmission of COVID-19 within Mono County is now considered Substantial by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicators, and we anticipate the rate to continue to increase over the coming days and weeks.”

The Order includes the following: 

  • All persons within Mono County and the Town of Mammoth Lakes, regardless of vaccination status, shall wear face coverings while in indoor public settings, venues, gatherings, and businesses (examples include offices, retail, restaurants, theaters, family entertainment centers and meetings, among others).
  • Individuals, businesses, venue operators, or hosts of public indoor settings must require all patrons to wear masks, for all indoor settings, regardless of their vaccination status, and post clearly visible and easy to read signage at all entry points to communicate the masking requirements for patrons. 
  • Recommendation: It is recommended that all persons wear face coverings while attending large outdoor public events.

The following individuals are exempt from wearing masks:

  • Persons younger than two years old. Very young children must not wear a mask because of the risk of suffocation.
  • Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a mask. This includes persons with a medical condition for whom wearing a mask could obstruct breathing or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a mask without assistance.
  • Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
  • Persons for whom wearing a mask would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines.

A number of counties have issued similar Orders in the past few weeks, including many of Mono County’s drive market counties such as Los Angeles County. In addition, both the CDC and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recently recommended that unvaccinated and fully vaccinated individuals wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of Substantial or High transmission.

The official Order can be accessed online

The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) team will be hosting a bilingual COVID-19 Community Conversation at 5:30pm this Thursday, August 5 to provide an update on the pandemic in Mono County. Meeting details can be accessed on the COVID-19 Portal

Mono County residents and visitors are encouraged to visit the California Department of Public Health’s My Turn website at myturn.ca.gov to schedule local COVID-19 vaccination appointments, or visit an upcoming Mono County Walk-In Clinic. Mammoth Hospital, Vons, and Rite Aid have all joined in the vaccination effort, and appointments are available via My Turn. In addition to the My Turn website, appointments can be made directly with medical providers and at Mammoth Hospital.

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