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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Inyo County
Public Health & Prevention

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Marilyn Mann

Director, Health and Human Services

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Dr. James Richardson

Inyo County Health Officer

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Anna Scott

Deputy Director of Public Health & Prevention

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INYO COUNTY ISSUES RECOMMENDATION FOR MASKING INDOORS FOLLOWING INCREASE IN LOCAL COVID-19 CASES 

 

INYO COUNTY, CA, September 3, 2021 – As COVID-19 cases surge in Inyo County and hospitals face extreme demands on their capacity across the State, County of Inyo Health Officer Dr. Jim Richardson is recommending all Inyo County residents and visitors wear face coverings when indoors.

"I am extremely concerned about the increase in cases locally and strongly recommend all Inyo County residents and visitors wear face coverings in indoor public settings. Masking and vaccines are the two primary tools we have to prevent transmission and severe illness,” said Dr. Richardson, County of Inyo Health Officer. "While we have not issued a masking order at this time, we strongly urge our public to mask indoors to help prevent the disease transmission by providing source control, as well as a level of protection for the wearer.”  This recommendation applies to those who are vaccinated, as well as to those who are not.

Dr. Richardson’s recommendation comes as Inyo’s 7-day period of COVID-19 Community Transmission reaches a level of HIGH. COVID-19 cases increased dramatically during the month of August, with 107 new cases, compared with 11 cases and one (1) death during the month of June. This dramatic increase is occurring as our local hospital facilities experience difficulty locating critical care facilities to transfer patients to, as hospitals throughout California and Nevada experience surges as a result of COVID-19 hospitalizations and relocation of patients because of fire evacuations.  

While vaccines remain the most effective tool against COVID-19, universal indoor masking is the least disruptive and most immediately impactful additional measure to curb the spread of the virus and reduce intense pressure on the health care system.

“Getting vaccinated as a community is our way to avoid overwhelming our healthcare systems with a hospital surge, avoiding preventable deaths, and eventually moving past restrictions like masking requirements,” said Marilyn Mann, Director of Health and Human Services. “As of today, we must take this step of putting on our masks to stop the surge and protect our community. We ask you to protect yourself and your family with the vaccine.”

Fully vaccinated people are well-protected from serious illness and hospitalizations from known COVID-19 variants, including the Delta variant. To get your COVID-19 vaccine through any of our local providers, visitmyturn.ca.govor call (833) 422-4255.

For updates on COVID-19 in Inyo County, visit InyoCounty.us/COVID-19or subscribe to our local COVID-19weekly updateemail list. 

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PARA PUBLICACIÓN INMEDIATA

Condado de Inyo

Salud Pública y Prevención

www.inyocounty.us/covid-19

Marilyn Mann

Directora, Salud y Servicos Humanos

mmann@inyocounty.us

Dr. James Richardson

Oficial de Salud del Condado de Inyo

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Anna Scott

Directora Adjunta de Salud Pública y Prevención

ascott@inyocounty.us

EL CONDADO DE INYO PROBLEMA RECOMENDACIÓN DE USAR MÁSCARAS EN

INTERIORES DE EDIFICIOS DESPUÉS DEL AUMENTO EN CASOS LOCALES DE COVID-19

 

CONDADO DE INYO, CA, 3 de septiembre de 2021 – A medida que aumentan los casos de COVID-19 en el condado de Inyo y los hospitales enfrentan demandas extremas en su capacidad en todo el estado, el Dr. Jim Richardson, Oficial de Salud del Condado de Inyo, recomienda que todos los residentes y visitantes del condado de Inyo usen cubiertas para la cara cuando estén dentro de los edificios.

"Estoy extremadamente preocupado por el aumento de casos a nivel local y recomiendo fuertemente que todos los residentes y visitantes del condado de Inyo usen mascarillas para la cara en entornos públicos cerrados. El uso de las mascarillas y las vacunas son los dos instrumentos principales que tenemos para prevenir la transmisión y las enfermedades graves”, dijo el Dr. Richardson, Oficial de Salud del Condado de Inyo. "Aunque no hemos emitido una orden de enmascaramiento en este momento, instamos firmemente a nuestro público para enmascarar el interior para ayudar a prevenir la transmisión de enfermedades, proporcionando control de origen, así como un nivel de protección para el usuario.”

Esta recomendación se aplica tanto a quienes están vacunados como a quienes no lo están.

La recomendación del Dr. Richardson se produce cuando el período de 7 días de transmisión comunitaria de COVID-19 de Inyo alcanzó un nivel ALTO. Los casos de COVID-19 aumentaron dramáticamente durante el mes de agosto, con 107 casos nuevos, en comparación con 11 casos y una (1) muerte durante el mes de junio. Este aumento dramático se está produciendo cuando nuestras instalaciones hospitalarias locales experimentan dificultades para ubicar instalaciones de cuidados críticos a las que transferir pacientes, ya que los hospitales de California y Nevada experimentan aumentos repentinos como resultado de las hospitalizaciones por COVID-19 y la reubicación de pacientes debido a las evacuaciones de incendios.

Aunque las vacunas siguen siendo el instrumento más eficaz contra COVID-19, el uso de mascarillas en interior universal es la medida adicional perjudicial y más inmediatamente impactante para frenar la propagación del virus y reducir la presión intensa sobre el sistema de salud. 

“Vacunarnos como comunidad es nuestra manera de evitar abrumar nuestros sistemas de atención médica con un aumento repentino de los hospitales, evitar muertes evitables y, finalmente, superar restricciones como los requisitos del uso de mascarillas”, dijo Marilyn Mann, Directora de Salud y Servicios Humanos. “A partir de hoy, debemos dar este paso de ponernos nuestras mascarillas para detener el aumento y proteger a nuestra comunidad. Le pedimos que se proteja a sí mismo y a su familia con la vacuna.”

Las personas totalmente vacunadas están bien protegidas de enfermedades graves y hospitalizaciones de variantes conocidas de COVID-19, incluida la variante Delta. Para obtener su vacuna COVID-19 a través de cualquiera de nuestros proveedores locales, visite myturn.ca.govo llame (833) 422-4255.

Para obtener actualizaciones sobre COVID-19 en el Condado de Inyo, visiteInyoCounty.us/COVID-19o suscríbase a nuestra lista de correo electrónico de actualización semanal local de COVID-19.

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