Masks no longer required at Los Angeles County health care facilities

Employees and visitors to Los Angeles County health care facilities are no longer required to wear masks, Public Health officials announced Friday.

The order would be reinstated if L.A. County meets or exceeds the CDC’s “medium level” for COVID-19 hospital admissions.

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Currently, L.A. County is in the “low level” and is expected to remain below the “medium level,” according to county health officials.

Though the mask mandate is no longer in effect for health care facilities in the county, officials still recommend that employees and visitors wear masks when they are in contact with patients.

The move comes after California health officials shortened the recommended COVID-19 isolation guidelines as the department aims to focus more on people who are the most at risk of severe illness while also working to minimize school and workplace disruptions.

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Organizations like the L.A. County Public Health Department and the Los Angeles Unified School District have adopted similar measures.

Public Health officials still recommend that residents wear masks, especially during the fall and winter, but it’s not required.

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