By Michael G. Stogner
You had to know this was coming.
ORDER NO. C19-12 OF THE HEALTH OFFICER OF THE COUNTY OF SAN MATEO FOR THE WEARING OF FACE COVERINGS IN WORKPLACES AND PUBLIC SETTINGS
DATE OF ORDER: August 2, 2021
Please read this order carefully. Violation of, or failure to comply with, this Order is a public nuisance subject to citation, abatement, or both, as well as a misdemeanor punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both. (California Health and Safety Code § 120295 et seq.; California Penal Code § 69, 148(a)(1)).
SUMMARY OF THIS ORDER
This Order requires all individuals to wear face coverings when indoors in workplaces and public settings, with limited exemptions.
Since April 2021, the SARS-CoV-2 B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant has been circulating in San Mateo County. This variant is highly transmissible in indoor settings and requires multi- component prevention strategies to reduce spread. Despite high vaccination rates, San Mateo County is experiencing substantial levels of community transmission due to the Delta variant. While most COVID-19 cases are among unvaccinated residents, the proportion of breakthrough cases is increasing. Hospitalizations have also increased, primarily among unvaccinated persons. San Mateo County is also seeing a concerning uptick in cases among staff and residents in long-term care facilities.
The COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized in the US have been shown to be highly safe and effective at providing protection to individuals and communities, particularly against severe COVID-19 disease and death, and are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for all populations for whom the vaccine is authorized by the US Food and Drug Administration. The Health Officer strongly recommends that all eligible persons in the County be vaccinated. Information on obtaining a COVID-19 vaccine in San Mateo County is available here: https://www.smchealth.org/vaccine-clinic-calendar