Los Angeles will require students to wear non-cloth face coverings starting Monday

The measures seek to have a greater number of students attend classes.

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To the students of Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) they will be prohibited from using fabric masks starting Monday, according to an announcement distributed Saturday by LAUSD, which takes into account CDC recommendations regarding the coronavirus pandemic and the increase in new cases of covid because of the Omicron variant.

Beginning Monday, students are required to wear “well-fitting non-cloth face coverings with a nose wire” at all times, including outdoors. District officials said surgical masks or higher-grade masks were acceptable and that said masks would be available to students who request them, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“Our rates of [infección por coronavirus] at school have decreased, but we continue to be diligent and agile in creating the safest learning environment,” Shannon Haber said, LAUSD spokesperson.

The decision to decline the use of cloth face coverings was also prompted by guidance from Los Angeles County health authorities, Haber said.

LAUSD allows exemptions from mask rules for some students who have a disability, medical or mental health condition that prevents them from meeting them.

KN95 masks
The use of medical masks is recommended for greater protection. /Photo: Getty Images

“If students have mask exemptions, this does not apply to them. Otherwise, it applies to all students.” said Dr. Smita Malhotra, LAUSD chief medical officer, regarding the ban on cloth masks.

Health officials in Los Angeles and across the state have increasingly urged the public to switch from cloth face coverings to those of a surgical grade or higher, such as N95 and KN95 masks, citing the need for smaller masks. fitted and with improved filtration to protect against the highly transmissible Omicron variant.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported 72 new Covid-19 deaths on Saturday, along with 39,117 new positive cases.

The number of deaths and confirmed cases reported today may reflect delays in reporting over the weekend. But today’s counts bring the county to a total of 28,417 deaths and 2,467,797 positive cases of Covid-19.

There have been 250,000 new confirmed cases in Los Angeles in the last week alone, although that is down from 291,000 in the previous seven days.

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