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Fresno mayor not ready to impose mask mandate as state health officials recommend masks indoors

Fresno, CA (KFSN)-The United States reported the most new COVID-19 cases in the world last week.

World Health Organization officials say the number of new cases has increased by 131% over the past seven days.

Due to California’s unique case rate, the State Department of Health has updated its guidelines for wearing masks indoors.

Currently, health authorities under the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone should wear a mask indoors, even if they are vaccinated.

“The city doesn’t require everyone to wear a mask, but we monitor our positive rates every day,” said Fresno Mayor Jerry Dyer.

His remarks will be made on the same day that the California Public Health Service announced that it would recommend the use of masks in public places indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

Related: California health officials recommend wearing a face mask indoors, even if you are vaccinated

State health officials said the recommendation was to slow the spread of delta variants.

The health departments of Fresno and Kings County recently made the same recommendations.

“If vaccinated people are one of these breakthrough infections that are more likely to occur in areas where infections and illnesses are high, they are potentially I felt it was important to understand that it could infect someone. My loved one was immunosuppressed. “

Under CDC’s new guidance, 90% of California’s population is currently in areas with fairly high or high transmission rates.

In the Central Valley, Fresno, Madera, and Turea counties have significant prevalence.

Merced, Mariposa and Kings County have high transmission rates.

However, Dyer said people need incentives to get vaccinated, and one incentive is that they don’t have to wear masks.

“If we obliged people to wear masks throughout the city, I think the question would be,’So why did I get vaccinated?'” Dier said.

Currently, Fresno employees are required to wear masks at work unless they can prove that they are vaccinated.

However, Dyer said he was discussing mandating weekly COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated employees.

Dier said he was unaware of the current need for mask mandates based on Fresno County’s positive and vaccination rates.

“I think we’re in a good place,” Dier said. “It does not mean that in a week or two you may see some outbreak or epidemic that needs to be flexible.”

On Wednesday night, the Fresno County Public Health Service announced a preliminary COVID-19 trend for young people.

Officials from the Fresno Department of Health said that people under the age of 18 had more visits to the emergency room due to COVID-19 symptoms than people over the age of 65.

They also see an increase in positive Covid cases in people aged 10 to 30 years.

When students return to school, the Fresno County Health Department expects more cases of COVID in adolescents.

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