New Orleans Mayor
LaToya Cantrell issued a new indoor mask advisory on Wednesday, as coronavirus
cases in the city continue to rise, primarily among unvaccinated residents.
The advisory is not a "mandate," but rather a recommendation that will not be enforced by the city, according to Nola.com. Public health
officials in the Louisiana
city blamed the recent increase in cases on the virus's highly contagious delta variant
According to the mayor, the number of reported cases in New Orleans has nearly tenfolded in recent weeks, increasing from an average of 11 on July 5 to nearly 100 on July 19.
Dr. Avegno informed us today
that the percentage of positivity has more than doubled and is now over 5%. Cases increased from 11.43 on July 5 to 99 today - a 9x increase in 2 weeks!! pic.twitter.com/uKupU69Bfv — Mayor LaToya Cantrell (@mayorcantrell) July 19, 2021
Los Angeles County
issued a similar official recommendation late last month, citing the spread of the delta variant, to residents wearing masks
in public indoor settings.
As cases of COVID-19
continue to rise, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy
stated earlier this week that more cities and counties are likely to reinstate COVID-19 protective measures, including mask mandates.
continue to be at low risk of contracting the virus — even the delta variant — and are at extremely low risk of hospitalization or death
if infected in a “breakthrough
” case; however, coronavirus cases among unvaccinated people are increasing dramatically.
The United States
has gone from a daily average of nearly 11,500 cases on June 20 to a seven-day average of over 37,000 new cases on Tuesday, implying that COVID-19 cases have more than tripled in a month.