San Mateo County buildings to require masks for all

San Mateo County employees and members of the public visiting county buildings will have to wear face masks whether vaccinated or not starting Monday to help slow the spread of COVID-19, the board president said Thursday.

Though San Mateo County boasts enviable vaccination rates — more than 88% of those 12 and older eligible for the shots have been vaccinated — Supervisor David Canepa said “the virus knows no county boundaries.” And COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations are rising, he said, chiefly among the unvaccinated.

“The bottom line is — we’ve been saying this for months — people need to get vaccinated, it’s more important than ever,” Canepa, the board president, said. “It’s because of the unvaccinated that we find ourselves in this position, so everyone should get vaccinated.”

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The county’s 7-day average rate of daily new cases per 100,000 people has climbed from 1.1 at the end of May to 6.6 as of Thursday, according to state data. The 14-day average of hospitalized patients, which had fallen to 12.7 July 15, is now 16.3.

Much of that increase is believed to be driven by the highly transmissible Delta variant of the virus, which devastated India in the spring and has since spread globally and throughout the U.S., where U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky this week said it accounts for 83% of cases.

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