LOS ANGELES – Chair Hilda L. Solis released the following statement following the County’s announcement to require masks in indoor settings to confront substantial community spread:

“Los Angeles County has seen a significant increase in cases, with one week of over 1,000 new residents testing positive each day and over 1,500 new cases today. This has been coupled with a quick rise in our overall positivity rates and, unfortunately, more people are being hospitalized with COVID-19 daily. According to the CDC, based on our case rates, the County is now in the Substantial category for community transmission, one of the highest levels of community spread. It is clear that the Delta variant is here and spreading rapidly, overwhelmingly in our unvaccinated communities, and we need to take action now before we see uncontrollable spread. That is why today we announced that beginning Sunday, we are taking the necessary step of reinstating a mask requirement indoors for all residents, to slow the spread once more and provide more time for people to get vaccinated. This is only a temporary action, until we can lower our cases and continue getting more people the doses they need.

For those who have not yet been vaccinated, this is the most important reminder yet that this pandemic is not over, and that you remain at serious risk for getting sick, hospitalized, and ultimately, passing away. The Delta variant is not one to take lightly, and if you do not get your dose, the Delta variant will likely find you. Fortunately, our vaccines are incredibly effective at combatting this and all other variants – especially at preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death. And by getting vaccinated, you are not only protecting yourself but also protecting those around you by greatly reducing the risk that you will get the virus and pass it on to others. The choice is now between getting vaccinated and getting infected.  Please visit vaccinatelacounty.com or call (833) 540-0473 today to find a vaccination site near you.”

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Stephany Villaseñor, Communications Director, (213) 308-9017 or SVillasenor@bos.lacounty.gov