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Los Angeles County restoring indoor mask mandate

Virus Outbreak California
FILE – In this March 16, 2021 file photo, a sign advertises a restaurant opening in Santa Monica, Calif. A rapid and sustained increase in COVID-19 cases in the nation’s largest county requires restoring an indoor mask mandate even when people are vaccinated, Los Angeles County’s public health officer said Thursday, July 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

The pandemic has presented some very challenging days for everyone and now this.

How do we move forward and do the right thing?

Los Angeles County’s public health officer says a rapid and sustained increase in COVID-19 cases in the nation’s largest county requires a return to mandatory mask-wearing indoors even when people are vaccinated.

Dr. Muntu Davis told a virtual press conference Thursday that a public health order requiring masks indoors will go into effect on Sunday.

He didn’t detail what he said would be some expectations.

Davis says the country has been recording more than 1,000 new cases each day for a week and there is now “substantial community transmission.”