Los Angeles health officials advise some residents to wear masks at home as COVID-19 outbreak spreads

The COVID-19 outbreak in Los Angeles County has taken such a drastic turn that health officials have now advised people to wear masks inside their homes if they live with those at greater risk.

Masks at home “will add a layer of protection while we get through this surge,” Barbara Ferrer, the county’s public health director, said Monday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Anyone who lives with elderly Angelenos or residents who have an underlying medical condition are advised to mask up when they come home every day.

“When you must go out, to work or for essential services, always wear a mask, keep your distance from others, wash your hands frequently, and bring sanitizing wipes with you to wipe down your cell phone, your car keys, your workstations, the door handles and anything you touch and anything other people are touching,” the state Department of Health said in a statement.

“This is the time to be extremely cautious and very careful.”

An average of 10 people in Los Angeles County are testing positive every minute, health officials said. Deaths have increased by more than 1,000% since early November.

In total, more than 885,000 have tested positive so far and at least 11,752 have died.