COVID Los Angeles: LA County is likely to be placed in the CDC moderate-risk category this week as cases continue to rise

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — You may not be required to wear a mask when on a plane, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests you do something else: Check for COVID-19 as briefly as possible test your departure if possible or at least three days before a trip.

The concern is the rise in new cases and a surge in hospital admissions.

The latest CDC guideline is to get tested before and after your flight, especially if you’ve been in high-exposure situations.

“I really like the idea,” said Washington-based air traveler Bernice Mentzer. “I used to be a school teacher. I work with the public. I work with students. I am always healthy and always wear my mask.”

But not everyone agrees with the recommendation.

“I think it’s overkill,” said Pat Koenig of Los Angeles. “I really do. We have chosen not to travel internationally for this reason because you will need to get tested. If I need to do it domestically. That will hamper even more air travel, I think.”

This new guideline comes as LA County health officials are seeing a precipitous rise in new infections, particularly among 12- to 17-year-olds and working-age adults.

At Tuesday’s LA County Board of Supervisors meeting, Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer predicted the county will likely move into the moderate-risk category later this week.

She warned of what might lie ahead.

“Should the LA community level move too high, meaning very high transmission that is putting a strain on the healthcare system, all residents and workers will need to wear their protective masks when indoors,” Ferrer said.

She said the county is also tracking increases in cases at retail stores, manufacturing plants, and elementary and high schools.

This is as the FDA officially moves to approve a single booster shot of Pfizer’s vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.

A CDC advisory panel will meet Thursday to review the safety and efficacy data, but if the CDC director gives the green light, booster shots for that age group could be available by the end of this week.

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