OSHA Examines Workplace Mask Requirements

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Picket Fence Media will post weekly updates on the compilation of COVID-19 statistics and information, as reported daily by the Orange County Health Care Agency and other health agencies.

For COVID-19 numbers specifically in schools and southern Orange County, scroll down.

Compiled by Collin Breaux

Adding more nuance to the discussion about mask regulation in California and whether they will continue to be necessary, the state’s Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board voted Thursday to allow employees to unmask themselves on their workplace if everyone in a room is fully immunized.

However, if someone in the workplace is not vaccinated, masks will still be required. The move has sparked some confusion and controversy, especially as concerns remain over mask requirements and the state prepares to lift most restrictions related to the pandemic on June 15.

“The Council may further refine the regulations in the coming weeks to take into account changing circumstances, especially regarding vaccine availability and low case rates statewide,” he added. . a press release says.

Fully vaccinated and unvaccinated symptomless workers do not need to wear face coverings outside, except when working at “mega outdoor events” with more than 10,000 participants, according to the release. hurry. Masks will be mandatory inside.

As state officials determine mask requirements and pandemic conditions ease, nearly half of Orange County’s population is fully vaccinated.

Specifically, more than 1.56 million of the county’s estimated total population of 3.17 million are considered fully vaccinated, or 49.2% of the county’s population, as of June 2.

Vaccinations continue in California, although demand is slowing. More than 3.16 million doses of the vaccine have been administered so far in Orange County.

Statewide, more than 38 million doses have been administered, the California Department of Public Health reported. There were 126,408 average doses per day. There are more than 6 million doses available, which represents 53 days of inventory. More than half of the state’s population (52%) is fully immunized.

Orange County has specifically received 3,164,340 doses so far. San Diego County has received over 3.4 million doses and Los Angeles County has received over 9.6 million doses.

Compared to figures from last week, that represents an increase of 79,047 doses for Orange County and nearly a million for the state.

There were 59 hospitalizations reported by the department on Friday – a decrease from last Friday’s number, which was 62. The three-day average change for hospitalized patients is -7.3%.

Orange County reported 13 intensive care patients on Friday. This is a decrease from the number of 14 last week. There are 37.6% of the total available intensive care beds, an increase from 35.3% last week. There are 79% of the fans available.

The OCHCA reported 24 new cases of COVID-19 and 3 new coronavirus-related deaths on Friday.

The estimated amount of recoveries reported by the county stands at 249,245 cases.

COVID-19 in southern OC

San Clemente has 3,052 total cases and 36 total deaths, with 16 new cases and 1 new death in the past week.

San Juan Capistrano has 2,793 total cases and 74 total deaths, with 3 new cases and 1 new death in the past week.

Dana Point has 1,526 total cases and 33 total deaths, with 3 new cases and no new deaths in the past week.

Rancho Mission Viejo has 341 cases in total, with 1 new case this week. As unincorporated land with less than 25,000 residents, the exact death toll will not be reported for Rancho Mission Viejo until it reaches five, as was the case with the cases.

COVID-19 in schools

Orange County continued to update school cases.

From August 16 to May 29, there was a cumulative total of 3,779 cases in Orange County schools with 1 reported from May 23 to 29 and 4 from May 16 to 22. Of the total cases, there were 2,345 cases of students, 772 cases of teachers and 662 cases among other staff. As of May 29, there were 2,070 cases in elementary and middle schools, 1,069 cases in high schools, 118 cases in combined K-12 schools and 522 cases in colleges, universities and vocational schools.

The Capistrano Unified School District is reporting cases in each of its schools to a online dashboard. CUSD’s dashboard lists “active” cases on its dashboard, with the case remaining on the dashboard for 14 days from the initial symptoms or the date of the test.

In San Clemente, Vista Del Mar Elementary School had a case.

Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano schools had no cases.

In schools whose boundaries include these cities, Niguel Hills Middle School has had a case.

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