CDC now recommends masking up indoors in Sacramento and 4 neighboring counties


Federal health officials are now recommending that people mask up indoors in more places in California, including Sacramento and four surrounding counties due to high levels of COVID-19. On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added more counties to its “high” community. level, which is based not only on the rise in cases but also on hospitalizations in the communities. Guidance for counties with high levels is “wear a mask indoors in public.” In contrast, the CDC says people in “mid” level counties “may choose to wear masks.” The CDC’s high risk level includes Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, El Dorado and Solano. Other California counties in the same category include Del Norte, Marin, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, Santa Clara, and Sonoma. Alameda County, which is now classified as CDC medium, on Friday will reinstate a mask mandate in many indoor settings. The move to a high level will lead to a mask mandate for students in the City of Sacramento Unified School District. SCUSD has previously said the CDC’s move to the high level will trigger universal masking for students and staff and at all school sites. KCRA 3 has contacted SCUSD for an update on the district schedule. On Wednesday, Sacramento County’s COVID-19 dashboard reported a 7-day weekly average of 36.1 cases per 100,000 people, up from 32 the previous week. Hospitalizations rose to 150, from 138 the previous week. “We continue to monitor cases and the impact on hospitals,” county spokeswoman Samantha Mott said in a statement about the latest increase. “Public Health continues to recommend vaccination and the wearing of masks in public places. Companies can carry out independent risk assessments and implement additional requirements such as masking.

Federal health officials are now recommending that people mask up indoors in more places in California, including Sacramento and four surrounding counties due to high levels of COVID-19.

On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added more counties to its “high” community level, which is based not only on rising cases but also hospitalizations in communities. Advice for counties with high levels is to “wear a mask indoors in public.”

In contrast, the CDC says residents of “mid-level” counties “may choose to wear masks.”

Counties in KCRA’s coverage area 3 that are now in the CDC’s high-risk tier include Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, El Dorado, and Solano.

Other California counties that fall into the same category include Del Norte, Marin, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, Santa Clara, and Sonoma.

Alameda County, which is now classified at the CDC’s medium level, will reinstate a mask mandate in many indoor settings on Friday.

The move to a high level will lead to a mask mandate for students in the City of Sacramento Unified School District.

SCUSD has previously said the CDC’s move to the high level will trigger universal masking for students and staff and at all school sites. KCRA 3 has contacted SCUSD for an update on the district schedule.

On Wednesday, Sacramento County’s COVID-19 dashboard reported a 7-day weekly average of 36.1 cases per 100,000 people, up from 32 the previous week. Hospitalizations rose to 150, from 138 the previous week.

“We continue to monitor cases and the impact on hospitals,” county spokeswoman Samantha Mott said in a statement about the latest increase. “Public Health continues to recommend vaccination and the wearing of masks in public places. Companies can carry out independent risk assessments and implement additional requirements such as masking.


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