Local health officer replaces masking requirement to a “recommendation”

“Nevada County’s Public Health Officer, Dr. Sherilynn Cooke, announced that Nevada County will revert to the State of California Health Officer Order for masking going into effect at 12:01 am on Wednesday, February 16, 2022. As the local masking order is rescinded, it is still highly recommended that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear a high-quality mask while in public spaces.

The California State Health Officer order “requires unvaccinated individuals to wear a mask in public spaces. All individuals must wear masks in specific indoor settings regardless of vaccination status, including public transportation, K-12 schools and childcare, healthcare settings, congregate living settings such as long-term care settings and senior care facilities, emergency shelters, cooling and heating centers, homeless shelters, state and local correctional facilities, and detention centers.”

“Our local case rate is lower than statewide data, and we continue to see a sharp decrease in cases. However, we continue to have high transmission and should continue to take precautions until our case rate is considerably lower.”,” said Public Health Officer Dr. Sherilynn Cooke. “With the vaccine and high-quality masks available now, people can better protect themselves against COVID-19. We still strongly recommend getting vaccinated as it provides natural immunity that is broader than when someone gets infected.”

The rest of the announcement is here.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

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