Alameda County Reinstates Indoor Mask Mandate

Alameda County became the first county in California on Friday to reinstate its mask mandate in most indoor public settings.

COVID-19 rates are soaring in Alameda. For the past week, the county has reported 354 cases for every 100,000 residents. That’s a 20% increase from mid-May. Hospitalizations are at 9.3 for every 100,000 residents, a 26% jump from the previous week.

Berkeley, which has its own health department, and the county’s K-12 schools are exempt from the order. As reported last month, Berkeley Unified has already reinstated its mask mandate.

On Thursday, the CDC announced that 13 California counties had reached “high” transmission status, in which universal masking is recommended: Santa Clara, Sonoma, Solano, Marin, Napa, Sacramento, Placer, Yolo, El Dorado, Monterey, Mendocino, San Benito and Del Norte.

Alameda is close, but has not reached “high” transmission status yet.

The Los Angeles County Health Department is also considering reinstating the mask mandate amid rising hospitalizations.