Morning Briefing: Indoor Masks, Medical Reform, and the Hollywood Bowl

gHello the It’s February 16.

You may have heard reports that indoor masking requirements are being lifted. Or that they are not. Or, at some point in the near future, they may or may not be.

Well, we’re here to help clear things up. Here’s what’s happening: Starting today, vaccinated Californians in most states are no longer required to wear a mask indoors. But – and here’s the big caveat – the requirement is not be lifted in LA County.

In short, this means that while you are in a business or other public indoor space within county limits, you must wear a mask until further notice. Yes, despite the new easing of restrictions by the state.

LA County health officials have been under pressure to lift mask requirements since San Francisco did so earlier this month. Corn Barbara Ferrer, the county’s director of public health, was clear: Until cases in Los Angeles drop, mask requirements will remain in place.

The mark we have to reach is called “moderate transmission”.

The Centers for Disease Control defines this level of transmission as 10 to 50 cases per 100,000 people, or a positivity rate between 5% and 8%.

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“I think it’s possible to get back to moderate transmission fairly quickly,” Ferrer said late last week. “Our case rate is dropping an average of 3.5% every day. And if we can maintain this rate, we will reach moderate transmission in 25 to 30 days. »

That said, some masking rules have been relaxed this week in LA County. Masks are no longer required outdoors at daycares, K-12 schools, and outdoor mega events. And even with the lifting of the California requirements, Indoor masking is still encouraged by health authorities.

Keep reading to learn more about what’s going on in LA, and stay safe there.

What else you need to know today

  • Halyna Hutchins’ husband and 9-year-old son have sued for wrongful death against Alec Baldwin, alleging Baldwin’s fatal shooting of the Rust cinematographer was the result of negligence and breaches of security.
  • The California State University System reapplied to obtain funds to build more affordable student housing.
  • Medi-Cal’s first ‘whole person care’ reform in California aims to help low-income patients solve problems like homelessness, poverty and drug addiction.
  • A study in Tennessee found that a universal pre-kindergarten program not only did not help students, but could have hurt them. The study could have implications for the planned public pre-K expansion in California.
  • Nike’s Cortez sneaker has LA’s deep roots, having made its deepest inroads into the black and Hispanic communities of Southern California.

Before You Go…The Hollywood Bowl Is Back

The Hollywood Bowl

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It’s time for another season of snack baskets, picnic blankets, music under the Trader Joe stars…and nightmarish parking, but who wants to think about that? The Hollywood Bowl announced its line-up for the 2022 season, and it features artists such as Halsey, Boyz II Men and Flying Lotus, as well as many jazz and classical concerts. Packages are on sale now and individual tickets will go on sale in May.

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