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

MONO COUNTY ISSUES INDOOR MASK ORDER
FOLLOWING INCREASE IN LOCAL COVID-19 CASES
Unvaccinated Residents and Visitors Urged to Schedule

Vaccination Appointments to Combat the Highly Transmissible Delta Variant
August 3, 2021 – Dr. Richard O. Johnson, Acting Public Health Officer for Mono
County, has issued a Local Health Order (Order) requiring the use of face coverings
(masks) for both vaccinated and unvaccinated residents and visitors within indoor public
spaces in Mono County and the Town of Mammoth Lakes. The Order is in response to
increasing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) cases locally and statewide, coupled with the added
concerns of the Delta variant, as well as a number of “breakthrough” cases (positive
COVID-19 cases in fully vaccinated individuals).
“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 specifically states that “All persons within Mono County and the
Town of Mammoth Lakes, regardless of vaccination status, shall wear face
coverings while in public, indoor spaces.”
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.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mono County Health Department
www.monohealth.com/Coronavirus
Bryan Wheeler RN MSN PHN Justin Caporusso
Mono County Mono County
Director of Public Health Public Information Manager
[email protected] Phone: (916) 412-0571
[email protected]

The official Order can be accessed here:
https://webapps.mono.ca.gov/coviddocs/Directives/PHOrder_Masking_08.01.21_FINAL

In addition, the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) team will be hosting a COVID-
19 Community Conversation on Thursday, August 5th at 5:30pm to provide an update on the pandemic in Mono County. Details can be accessed here:
https://coronavirus.monocounty.ca.gov/pages/alerts.

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
(https://coronavirus.monocounty.ca.gov/pages/vaccinations). 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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