As Increasing Number of Employees Return to Work, We Cannot Ignore the Collision Course with COVID-19 and the Critical Gap in Safety Guidance
On May 21st, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors and the Governor of California voted to accelerate phase 2 of the State’s four phase plan to fully re-opening the local economy. But by the middle of June, the County Health Department reported a record 310 new cases, 10,794 total cases and 338 deaths from COVID-19. With increasing infections across the State, The Governor issued a requirement for masks to be worn in public because the infections in California was spiking.
At last reporting, California had 148,855 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 5,063 deaths. The State, like many other states, is seeing a marked week-over-week increase of cases, which is the highest in the County. Some question whether mask requirements should remain with local leaders, as community spread varies across the state’s regions. In states with comparatively small populations like Arizona, the Governor has done just that, letting decisions on mask requirements fall to local governments.
On June 19, Arizona reported their largest spike in reported COVID-19 cases with 3,246, totaling 46,689 cases, up from 14,556 from just a month ago. Phoenix, the largest metro area in the State and 5th largest city in the U.S., and Scottsdale have issued a requirement for masks while out in public.