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California’s Santa Cruz County Reinstates Indoor Mask Mandate, Including Private Homes

California’s Santa Cruz County Reinstates Indoor Mask Mandate, Including Private Homes

“Science evolving as we speak.”

The California press is no less hesitant than the national media in fear-mongering when it comes to COVID-19 cases as we head into the holiday season.

For example, even though any reasonable person who has been following COVID news can anticipate more waves of infection (especially during the cold and flu season), local reports are predicting….a surge!

California now has one of the lowest coronavirus infection rates in the country, with 1.9% of people testing positive for the disease in the last week as the nation’s most populous state has so far avoided the uptick feared heading into the end-of-year holidays.

Coronavirus hospitalizations in the state have fallen about 14% in the last month — a trend state data models forecast will continue for the next month — but Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday continued to sound the alarm about the potential for another winter spike that could overwhelm hospitals in some areas.

Visiting a coronavirus vaccination clinic in San Francisco, Newsom urged people to wear masks and get COVID shots ahead of the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend. He pointed to at least 27 states that have seen at least a 10% increase in cases in the past week.

Now Santa Cruz County public health officials have reversed themselves and again require people to mask up indoors as cases rise ahead of the holidays.

“What it looks like to the public is that we’re going back and forth and can’t make up our minds. What it really is science evolving as we speak,” says Dr. David Ghilarducci, the county’s Deputy Health Officer.

Under the reimposed Santa Cruzrules, everyone, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask in indoor public settings and private settings, including homes when non-household members are present.

The Bay Area is rife with such mandates.

While virus case rates in the Bay Area are not as high as the spikes seen in July and August, officials fear waning immunity and the congregation of large groups of people indoors during the holidays and winter months could lead to a new surge.

Bay Area counties, excepting Solano, were among the first in California to reinstate mask mandates in early August, as cases soared during the delta surge. Some counties elsewhere in California, including Santa Cruz, also made the move, though universal masking was never reimplemented statewide.

For a Bay Area county to lift the mandate, one criterion is that it must record “moderate” levels of coronavirus transmission as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — in the range of 10-49.99 new cases per 100,000 people in the past seven days.

Of course, this may explain why it is so easy for masked individuals to be out and about arranging flash-mob-robberies.


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Why would anyone want to live in CA?

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to JMaldaner. | November 24, 2021 at 5:23 pm

    Why? Speaking as a native, some of the most spectacular weather imaginable, and some of the most spectacular scenery known to man. Still, I left, because I couldn’t put up with nonsense exactly as described here.

    Off-topic: I’m still continuing to recover rather well. Pain is occasionally an annoyance but nothing terrible. I still hurt where the lymph nodes were removed. The hand is doing fine, but it’s immobilized so, I will be spending Thanksgiving eating a one utensil meal. Probably a can of soup. If I’m brave, maybe even some stew. The big bandage comes off next Tuesday, and likely I will lose the spot at that point as well. Then I can start moving my fingers a little bit again. To all of you who been following along and let the words of encouragement, they are greatly appreciated

    The friendly grizzly.

      Grizz, I’m with you on the scenery, but I’m going to play contrarian on the California weather. I’ve been to CA enough times to say that I’ve never liked the weather, especially Southern CA. Relentless sunny days bore me to tears, and give me a headache. In the course of my career I’ve been posted 2X in the desert (Sahara) and I hated it. Never again. Pretty decent chance I’ll end up in your neck of the wood (NE Tennessee) when I retire in less than a week – 4 seasons and rain! Give me the mountains of NC and TN over CA any day of the week.

        I was in Anaheim for a week once. 85 and sunny, light breeze off the ocean, all day, morning, noon, and evening, with the night just not having the sun but still the same. Every day. All day. All week. I’m from Kansas, and if the weather is the same for more than an hour at a time, we get jumpy. By the time we got back to the MCI airport and it was raining, I really appreciated being back.

        Still, I plan on going back for a vacation as soon as the nutty mask thing is over. Maybe ten years or so, I guess.

        The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Telemachus. | November 24, 2021 at 8:28 pm

        Oh, I appreciate seasons as much as anybody. But I still love it up in the forest lands of the North End of the state, and the Mammoth Lakes district. As for your move to North East Tennessee, I wish there was a way on legal insurrection to have a side bar means of communication. I’d like to invite you for coffee. I reside in the southern end of Johnson City.

      I feel sad that it appears you will be alone eating a can of soup on Thanksgiving

      Each new day is another step closer to recovery. Trite but true. Glad to know you are progressing.

    Roy in Nipomo in reply to JMaldaner. | November 24, 2021 at 7:21 pm

    Some of us remain in CA because we don’t want to just cede the state to the anarchists & totalitarians. Living in a (relatively) sane area helps.

Other than science “evolving”… what should be of concern is relying on private citizens to report other private citizens for “crimes” their own homes.

The Friendly Grizzly | November 24, 2021 at 5:24 pm

Telling me to wear a mask in my own home? How do you say come and make me in Latin?

“Mandate,” eh? And exactly how do they think they’re going to enforce it?

Sick of these control freaks thinking they can just declare an “emergency” and use that to decree crap as a means of bypassing the actual lawmaking process.

I’m even more disgusted with people who’ve switched off their brains and are mindlessly complying with these totalitarian diktats.

    henrybowman in reply to nordic_prince. | November 24, 2021 at 7:55 pm

    “Kneel before Zod.”

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to nordic_prince. | November 24, 2021 at 8:33 pm

    “Sick of these control freaks thinking they can just declare an “emergency” and use that to decree crap as a means of bypassing the actual lawmaking process.”

    That brings to mind royal decrees executive orders and the Patriot Act…

      Yeah many on the right were taken in by the siren song of the Patriot Act. I can’t tell you how many arguments I had with people about this at the time. I was still in the Army with another decade + to serve and it was incomprehensible to me how many otherwise level headed people simply ceded powers to the Fed govt.

      I finally gave up arguing about it as it began to become an issue. I quoted Franklin’s admonition about giving up liberty for temporary safety and moved on with more deployments. Here we are two decades later and how many events have occurred that the FBI had Intel on but neglected to act? What good is the Intel and why are they allowed such surveillance when they continue to fail? At some point there powers must be rolled back.

    conservative tarheel in reply to nordic_prince. | November 25, 2021 at 3:57 pm

    there are more then enough people who will report you
    especially if there is a reward ….

Follow the science, the physics, and chemistry, not the cargo cult, and politicians bearing viable legal indemnity.

Writing to you from NW Oregon. Our County Sheriff (a good friend of mine, BTW) has publicly informed his constituents that if anyone wants to support our state-imposed mandates, they need not call for any assistance from law enforcement. It will be ignored. Businesses here don’t bother even to mention your free-face presence, and let us all shop without the stupid, nonsensical hypocrisy of the crazy left. My family thanks God for heroes like him!

Mask mandates have been a huge wakeup call for an awful lot of people at how LITTLE science is behind the ‘science’ of the government bullshit.

If masks were actually effective, we would have VERY SPECIFIC REGULATIONS as to exactly what material and what thickness they were required to be.

I’ve redpilled quite a number of people when I show them that the ‘mask’ that is acceptable for me to wear is a neck gaiter that is so thin I can put it over my eyes and literally see through it.

An awful lot of people are through with this mask bullshit.

What it really is science evolving as we speak

That’s absurd, absolutely nothing has changed regarding the documented uselessness of masks for preventing infection by respiratory virus. Not even N95s in clinical settings do that.

“What it looks like to the public is that we’re going back and forth and can’t make up our minds. What it really is science evolving as we speak,” says Dr. David Ghilarducci, the county’s Deputy Health Officer.”

Right. Like just last week, we were at war with Eurasia.
Oh, DAMMIT! I wasn’t supposed to say that! Hide me!

Thankfully they didn’t recall gov gruesome. Who by the way is taking off for Mexico for a well deserved break.
Unlike the new jersey gov who is going to maskless Florida for Tday.

Some day, even the most adherent to the religion (not science) of covid will realize these tyrants have been fooling them for a long time now. A quick glance at usafacts and the local news shows the death rate to be zero for months. The case rate (so-called positive tests) is a hundred a day or so, for the last 3 months.

I don’t know if these apostles will ever lose the mask. You know they don’t even care that it does nothing, in a state with an almost 80% vaccination rate. The government will feed them, if they report your aunt Mary, at least through the midterm elections. Poor things.

I read about this on the twitterverse, and then looked it up quickly.. A Missouri judge has ruled that the local Covid mandates violate the state Constitution. There were a bunch of articles,, here is one, if you are interested:

It boils down to unelected officials making edicts. Just like those health officials in the Bay Area.

…”the death rate to be zero for months.”

And, a quick look at the local health food stores and pharmacies shows a collection of D, C, Zinc, Quercetin, elderberry and green tea extract prominently displayed.

Early outpatient treatment is key to stopping the deaths and hospitalizations, for those who had the shots, and for the vaccine-naive. Luckily, there’s an over-the-counter version.

By the way, Chuck Schumer has made it abundantly clear that he will be trying to take away our ability to get over-the-counter medications. We need to keep an eye on this.

    iconotastic in reply to Valerie. | November 25, 2021 at 5:08 pm

    NAC has proven effectiveness against viral pneumonia and viral replication. So, of course, the FDA ordered the OTC supplement pulled off the shelves.

Anyone who believes a cloth mask can protect them from nanoscale virus particles probably believes a chain link fence keeps out mosquitos.

And in other news.

“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Fears Midterms Could See Authoritarian Takeover by GOP”

The gift who keeps on giving is afeeerd!! that authoritarian rethuglicans might win the mid-terms and, I don’t know, act as dictatorial as your local Democrat-dominated county commission or school board.

I don’t write these headlines, ladies and gentlemen. I also didn’t vote for these pols who make these headlines.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. But while you’re celebrating, please contemplate these propositions.

I knew a young lady who worked her way through college and law school by dancing as a stripper. I’ve met some pretty sharp people working at Taco Bell. A guy who I graduated with from High School made a fortune walking dogs.

How do I make fun of AOC’s stupidity without insulting bar tenders?