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Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda Solis told ABC's "This Week," Sunday that while the county's latest mask mandate isn't ideal, she recognizes it is necessary.

Driving the news: The mandate, which requires people to wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status, went into effect Saturday. The L.A. county sheriff said Friday he wouldn't enforce the policy because the county's decision was "not backed by science."

The masking order comes amid rising coronavirus cases in the county. The country reported 1,537 new cases Friday and 1,827 on Saturday.

  • The California Department of Public Health and the CDC maintain that vaccinated people do not need to wear masks indoors, per the Los Angeles Times.

What they're saying: "I would say that it's not punishment, it's prevention," Solis said. "We still have 4 million people out of 10 million that haven't been vaccinated."

  • "We as responsible adults should be taking a proactive approach and making sure that we mask up," she added.
  • "I'm not pleased that we have to go back to using the masks in this manner, but, nonetheless, it's going to save lives and right now, that to me, is what's most important."

Go deeper: L.A. County sheriff won't enforce mask mandate because it is "not backed by science"

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Oct 21, 2021 - Axios Denver

Colorado COVID cases pose continued concern

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Data: N.Y. Times; Cartogram: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state continue to climb, with case counts here outpacing all but two states nationwide.

By the numbers: Colorado stands out as one of only 10 states that saw infections increase during the past two weeks, a New York Times analysis shows.

DeSantis to convene state legislature to fight COVID vaccine mandates

Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday that he will convene a special session of the state legislature to combat coronavirus vaccine mandates enacted by businesses and "provide protections for employees."

Why it matters: This is the Republican governor's latest move to penalize local entities that implement mask or vaccine mandates to contain the spread of the virus.

Updated 1 hour ago - Energy & Environment

Bomb cyclone prompts blizzard warnings from Virginia to Maine

Computer model projection showing the intense storm off of Cape Cod on Jan 29, 2022, with heavy snow and strong winds lashing the coastline. (Weatherbell.com)

Blizzard warnings are in effect for 11 million people from coastal Virginia to eastern Maine as a powerful and potentially historic winter storm is set to slam the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast beginning Friday.

Why it matters: The storm will bring an array of hazards, from zero visibility amid hurricane force wind gusts and heavy snow to coastal flooding that will erode vulnerable beaches and threaten coastal property from the Jersey shore to coastal Massachusetts.