by Chris Bailey
17 July 2021, Ventura County Los Angeles County California
In a stinging rebuke of the political leadership and the Los Angeles County Health Department, Sheriff Alex Villanueve issued a prompt press release on the heels of the forced mandate on inside mask wearing throughout Los Angeles County. The Los Angeles County Sheriff pointed out that those who are already vaccinated, and have little or no possibility of hospitalization due to the virus should not be forced to be in a mask, especially when it was a primary motivation to get vaccinated in the first place.
Science states that those who have already contracted COVID-19 have clear immunity, at least for the duration the vaccine will. To expect either of these two groups to wear masks indoors is not backed by science and contradicts the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) has authority to enforce the order without the assistance of the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department, and we will not commit our resources, but ask for voluntary compliance. Sheriff Villanueva’s full statement can be read here
You can read the reasoning for the new mask policy here. The new SARS-COV-2 variant classification system, which was created jointly between the CDC and the World Health Organization, is designed to prevent just such a situation, which is happening in Los Angeles County today. Should the CDC find there is cause for alarm, because the Delta variant, or any variant, becomes enough of a factor in infections and defeating treatments that an elevation in the variant classification should be necessary, the CDC can make that call.
You can read about the Variant Classification System here. As of 17 July 2021 the Delta variant of the SARS-COV-2 virus has not been elevated above a Variant of Concern, where it has been since first being classified in the CDC system.
As of today the most devastating attack on the Los Angeles County citizens and economy has been the lockdown imposed by the Los Angeles County Health Department, not a virus.
Chris Bailey is a reporter-at-large of citizensjournal.us, a business owner, military veteran and long time resident of Camarillo