Student Mask Mandate Returns to One Monterey School District

A small school district in Monterey County has reinstated its mask mandate amid a surge in COVID-19 cases. 

As CalSchoolNews reported previously, the Pacific Grove Unified School District in Monterey County had voted to reinstate the mask requirement if the seven-day positivity rate exceeded 5% and the seven-day case rate reached more than 10 per 100,00 people. On Monday, the county crossed that threshold with a seven-day average test positivity rate of 5.2% and a seven-day average of 12.4 cases per 100,000. 

The next update from the Monterey County Health Department will be issued May 19.

COVID-19 case rates are rising across the nation and state thanks to a highly contagious subtype of the omicron variant. Much of California’s surge is in the San Francisco Bay Area. All nine counties there are strongly recommending that residents return to indoor masking.