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No Mask? No Problem In The OC

People gather on the beach last month near Newport Pier. (Michael Heiman/Getty Images)
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Face coverings in Orange County will no longer be mandatory, instead they will be strongly recommended.

Dr. Clayton Chau was appointed to the job Tuesday after former health officer, Dr. Nichole Quick, abruptly resigned. She'd faced strong opposition to her face covering order from elected officials and the public, and was provided security after receiving threats.

Michelle Steel, chair of the county Board of Supervisors, announced the modification:

"Masks are no longer mandatory. Health officials believe citizens should wear masks, but will no longer be required."

Gyms, bars, movie theaters and museums in Orange County can reopen tomorrow with safety protocols. Steel appealed to Governor Gavin Newsom yesterday to move fully into Stage 3, allowing for nail salons and youth sports to resume operations.
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Orange County officials reported 4 new deaths and 260 new coronavirus cases were reported today. The death toll is now 202 with 7,987 confirmed cases.


Here's a look at longer-term trends in the county. To see more visit our California COVID-19 Tracker and choose OC or any other California county that interests you. These numbers are current as of Wednesday, June 10:

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