Dr. Efuru Flowers (Courtesy photo)

After a jump in cases and hospitalizations following the holiday break, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is joining community-based organizations in asking county residents to temporarily wear a face covering for 10 days in indoor public places to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect their friends, family, and community from an impending surge in cases.

“We’re seeing more cases of COVID-19 in LA County, which means there is an increased chance of catching the virus during everyday activities like grocery shopping or going to a restaurant,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of Public Health.

“It’s especially important for elderly people, those with underlying health conditions, and those who are immunocompromised to take extra precautions. In all circumstances, wearing a face covering can help protect you and your loved ones from getting infected.”

Efuru Flowers, president of Black Women Rally for Action, echoed Dr. Ferrer, saying, “The increase in cases we have seen over the past few weeks is concerning because it means that more people are at risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. It is important that everyone in our community wear a face mask whenever they are in public spaces so that we can protect each other”.

Masks are a simple yet an effective way to decrease the likelihood of becoming infected with or transmitting COVID-19, along with other respiratory illnesses like the flu and RSV.

Public health officials also recommend other preventive measures such as:

  • Washing your hands frequently
  • If you feel sick, stay home and get tested
  • Before attending gatherings or events, take a COVID-19 home test, and
  • Ensure you are up to date with vaccines by getting the latest booster