Masks required inside San Diego military installations as COVID-19 activity triggers guidelines

Masks will be required in most indoor spaces at local military installations now that San Diego County has entered the “high” COVID-19 community activity level, according to guidance from the U.S. Department of Defense.

When an increase in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations pushed the region to the most severe level on the national COVID-19 activity map maintained by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it triggered demands for mask for most interior spaces at military installations in Southern California, according to the Department of Defense masking guidance.

The guidance reads: “When the CDC COVID-19 community level is high in the county or equivalent jurisdiction where a DoD facility or facility is located, indoor mask wearing is required for all individuals, including service members, DoD civilian employees, on-scene DoD. Contractor personnel (collectively, “DoD Personnel”) and visitors, regardless of their vaccination status. »

San Diego Naval Base and Coronado Naval Base both said in posts on their Facebook pages that masks would be required starting Monday, July 18.

For indoor civil spaces in San Diego County, masks are recommended but not required.

A new, highly transmissible coronavirus subvariant called BA.5, believed to be nearly 10 times more infectious than the original strains, has been widely cited as the reason cases continue to rise.

The county’s weekly coronavirus update listed 2,191 new cases, slightly more than the 1,767 listed a week earlier. Analysis of local sewage showed nearly 7.1 million COVID copies as of July 6, the last time the information was updated. The number is up slightly from 5.9 million on June 23.

Through Wednesday, the cumulative total number of residents at local non-military hospitals with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infections was 410, the second day in a row the number was above 400. This is the first time that the number has exceeded this mark since early March.

Writer Paul Sisson contributed to this report.

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