How L.A. County narrowly avoided a mask mandate. Can we keep BA.5 in check?

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Citing declining cases, Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer announced Thursday her department would not impose a mask mandate to deal with a summer surge fueled by super-contagious Omicron subvariants such as BA.5.

But that does not mean L.A. County is out of the woods.

Despite recent improvements, L.A. County is still wrestling with an immense amount of coronavirus transmission. The latest case rate remains far above the peak of last summer’s Delta surge, and officials note the tally is likely a significant undercount due to the widespread use of at-home tests.

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