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California is reissuing a month-long statewide mask mandate for indoor public spaces starting Wednesday, Dec. 15, health officials announced Monday, Dec. 13.

The latest masking order, which will remain in effect until Jan. 15, comes as California’s daily COVID-19 case rate has risen by 47% over the last 2½ weeks. The order also comes on the heels of the coronavirus variant Omicron spreading throughout the world.

“We know people are tired and hungry for normalcy. Frankly, I am too,” California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said during a Monday press briefing. “That said, this is a critical time where we have a tool that we know has worked and can work.”

As of Monday, the state was seeing 14 cases per 100,000 people. In Orange County, it was 9.2 cases per 100,000, according to the same data.

According to news outlets, travelers returning to or visiting California are also recommended to get tested three to five days ahead of arrival. And unvaccinated individuals looking to attend indoor events where there will be 1,000 people or more will have to provide a negative test within one or two days.

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  • The SCTimes keeps going LEFT and does not reflect the values of San Clemente. We are sick of the propaganda you keep spewing. WAKE UP! Tell George Soros to give up on Picket Fences in San Clemente. It will never work! We San Clementians are NOT SHEEPLE! Shawn Raymundo is a shill. Get a better editor who actually has critical thinking skills. Everything has a political slant to indoctrinate the un-informed.

  • Well said, Jacqueline Cooper, well said. The following are some of my observations:

    We see other countries going Socialist and collapsing, but it seems like a great plan to leftists.
    • Some people are held responsible for things that happened before they were born and other people are not held responsible for what they are doing right now.
    • Criminals are caught-and-released to hurt more people, but stopping them is bad because it’s a violation of their rights, according to leftists.
    • And pointing out all this hypocrisy somehow makes us “racists”?!
    Nothing makes sense anymore – no values, no morals, and no civility. People are dying of a virus from Wuhan China, but it’s racist to refer to it as China virus even though it began in China. We are clearly living in an upside-down world where right is wrong and wrong is right, where moral is immoral and immoral is moral, where good is evil and evil is good, where killing murderers is wrong but killing unborn babies is okay !
    Wake up America, the great unsinkable ship Titanic America has hit an iceberg, it’s taking on water, and is sinking fast. We Americans are drowning. Speak up while you still have breath and a voice for soon you will have neither if you don’t!

  • You think this story about the mask mandate is lefty? You should have seen last week’s SC Times! Half of it was written by Mike Levin, and the other half was talking about him. Free advertising in advance of a crushing Congressional defeat much?

    Actual reporting is not regurgitating a press release. It’s going out and getting opposing points of view. For example, what do local shopkeepers think? Is anyone paying attention? How do people feel about the multi-year “emergency powers” that our governor wields? What adverse affects has Florida seen from having no mask mandates, especially in school?

    There’s a reason why SC Times now runs “public notices’, and it’s not because of the Wuhan Flu.

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