The New York City Department of Health issued an advisory on Friday urging residents to wear a mask in certain situations amid “high levels of COVID-19, influenza and RSV.”
In a Friday press release, the New York City Health Department said “high-quality masks” should be worn “indoors and in crowded outdoor settings.”
The notice states that “everyone should wear a mask” when “in an indoor public place, including inside shops, offices, lobbies, corridors, elevators, public transport common, schools, daycare centers and other shared public spaces.
“The festive season is about getting together and there is a way to get together safely – even though respiratory viruses in our city are unusually high,” said Health Commissioner Dr Ashwin Vasan. “It starts with protecting you. Vaccinations and boosters are key, but so are common sense precautions like masking up indoors or among crowds and staying home if you’re feeling unwell. “Also, get tested before you get together and get treatment quickly if you test positive. We want everyone to have a happy and – most importantly – healthy holiday.”
LOS ANGELES COVID CASES ARISE, BUT COUNTY HOLDS BACK MASK MANDATE
While New York City awaits a mask mandate, Los Angeles County is considering reinstating its mask mandate as it recently reentered the federal government’s “high” activity category for COVID-19.
Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, said the rate of cases was increasing by 6% every day.
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Ferrer said the department would issue a mask order if the percentage of COVID-19 patients reaches 10% and the county remains under “high” activity for COVID-19 for two consecutive weeks.
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According to FOX 11, the percentage of hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients is 6.9%.
Fox News’ Julia Musto contributed to this report.