Los Angeles, Nevada asks people to hide inside

Health officials at popular tourist destinations like Los Angeles and Las Vegas are asking more people to hide indoors.

The Southern Nevada Health District now recommends people wear masks in crowded indoor public places – including Las Vegas casinos – regardless of vaccination status, according to a friday statement.

The announcement comes a day after Los Angeles County announced it re-establish a masking policy inside due to a recent increase in new cases of COVID-19. Other California counties followed suit with mask recommendations on Friday.

The mask guidelines are meant to help quell the spread of COVID and the highly contagious delta variant, which has caused an increase in daily cases in parts of the United States

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Why are the masking recommendations changing?

The Southern Nevada Health District said it was updating its guidelines on Friday because “the correct use of masks has been shown to be effective in helping to prevent people from contracting and spreading COVID-19.”

On Friday, eight other parts of California – Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Sonoma counties and the city of Berkeley – recommended that vaccinated and unvaccinated people wear face masks. interior in public spaces.

The guidelines are a precaution for fully vaccinated people and aim to “ensure easy verification that all unvaccinated people are masked in these settings,” according to one. joint statement.

The daily number of COVID cases has increased in Nevada and California in recent weeks.

California reported 4,651 new cases – 5.4 per 100,000 people – on Friday, according to the state site. About 52% of people are fully vaccinated in the state.

Daily cases of COVID in southern Nevada – where the Delta variant is the dominant strain – have returned to levels not seen since February. More than half of the state’s eligible population is not fully vaccinated.

Clark County – the home of the Las Vegas Strip – continues to account for the bulk of COVID-19 cases in the state as well as the highest incidence rate. Almost 78% of Nevada’s COVID-19 cases have occurred there.

New mask recommendations are intended to help quell the spread of the Delta variant, which has caused an increase in daily cases in various parts of the United States

Brian Labus, an epidemiologist at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, said the Southern Nevada Department of Health is trying to control the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant.

“Our numbers are heading in the wrong direction,” Labus said. “Our recommendations need to change to match what the virus is doing. ”

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What does this mean for travelers?

Nevada health officials are pushing for more mask wear, but visitors may ignore their advice.

“We don’t see a lot of people in public wearing masks (in Las Vegas), unfortunately,” Labus said. “People kind of rejected these guidelines and just don’t wear masks, and I don’t know how much this recommendation is really going to change that.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board is said to have the power to re-impose mask warrants on Las Vegas casinos, but made no changes on Friday. The council declined to comment.

Labus said health officials will need to consider the political and economic consequences before reimposing COVID restrictions or mask warrants.

Las Vegas Sands Corp., which operates the Venetian on the Strip, said it would require vaccinated and unvaccinated staff to wear face masks when working in indoor public spaces, but the resort does not require masks among the guests. The property plans to post signs at public entrances sharing the new masking recommendation.

Dr Hana Hakim, associate member of St. Jude’s Department of Infectious Diseases, said it was not clear whether other face mask policies would be implemented. This will depend on vaccination rates and more data on the prevalence of breakthrough infections, or cases of COVID in fully vaccinated people, she said.

“Understanding the impact of the delta variant on vaccine efficacy will be critical in the decision to implement remasking,” Hakim said via email. “For now, the critical message would be ‘get vaccinated’.”

Casino consultant Debi Nutton said she didn’t expect the recommendation to be curbed pent up travel request Las Vegas has taken advantage of this in recent months.

“Right now, trips to Las Vegas are high,” she said. “I think our guests are comfortable. … I don’t know if this is going to have a huge impact. ”

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Contributor: Ed Komenda, Reno Gazette-Journal.

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