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San Diego County will not change mask guidelines as a result of the “delta” variant of COVID-19, Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher announced Tuesday.

Los Angeles County public health officials on Monday “strongly” recommended that everyone wear masks in indoor public places due to rapid spread of the highly contagious virus mutation.

That county’s Department of Public Health urged everyone — regardless of vaccination status — to wear masks in settings such as grocery or retail stores, theaters, family entertainment centers and workplaces when the vaccination status of other workers isn’t known.

Fletcher said San Diego County was not planning on taking similar action.

“We continue to monitor the situation with COVID-19 and in particular the delta variant and want to emphasize the single best action you can take to protect yourself and your family is to be fully vaccinated,” he said. “Almost 95% of our delta variant cases are from those not fully vaccinated.”

“We will continue to align our public health guidance with CDC and (the state health department) and do not anticipate any changes,” he added.

As of Monday, the region’s cumulative number of infections stood at 282,416 with a death toll of 3,780.

City News Service contributed to this article

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.