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With Contra Costa and other Bay Area counties seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases, health officials are reiterating their strong recommendation to wear masks indoors.

Omicron subvariants, which are even more contagious than the original Omicron, are driving the recent increase in cases. Outbreaks in workplaces and schools have also sharply increased in the past few weeks.

Antioch has seen 794 cases the last two weeks (population 112,848), with 441 reported in Brentwood (population 66,907), 320 in Oakley (population 42,895) and 75 reported in Discovery Bay (population 15,358). Antioch’s recent 14-day case count is the third highest of 31 county areas tracked. Brentwood’s is seventh, with Oakley 10th and Discovery Bay 21st. Concord registered the most cases in the past 14 days: 831 (population 130,002).

While masking remains optional for most public indoor settings, health officials say wearing face covering during periods of increased transmission is a simple best practice to protect against COVID-19.

“There’s a lot of COVID out there right now, so it’s time to mask up in public again,” said Dr. Ori Tzvieli, health officer for Contra Costa County.

Tzvieli said people should also stay home if they feel sick and get tested. He added that people eligible for booster shots should get one since protection from the COVID-19 vaccines wane over time.

County officials also remind residents that boosters are available across the county. To schedule a booster appointment, call 1-833-829-2626 or visit https://covidvaccine.cchealth.org/COVIDVaccine/. Free Home testing kits are also available at all Contra Costa County libraries. For a complete list of library locations, visit https://ccclib.org/


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