HomePoliticsCA Mayor Orders Masks Worn in Public While Homeless Still Defecate on streets Politics CA Mayor Orders Masks Worn in Public While Homeless Still Defecate on streets May 5, 2020 California Globe, Katy Grimes Investigative Journalist Days after it was reported the Sacramento region has the lowest reported coronavirus infection rate among the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the country, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg called on county health officials to require residents to wear masks in public as the county allows businesses to reopen following the coronavirus shut down. Notably, Sacramento’s 6,000 homeless vagrants are still roaming the streets defecating in public, passed out on city streets, camping under and along freeways, and breaking into cars, garages, homes, sheds and stealing whatever they can. And they are not wearing masks. Facebook post about Sacramento homeless. (Photo: Facebook) “In a surprise finding, the Sacramento region has the lowest reported coronavirus infection rate among the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the country, according to a Sacramento Bee analysis,” the Sacramento Bee reported May 2nd. “The Bee review of metros with more than 1 million residents showed the highest per capita rates are in larger and older East Coast and Midwest cities, where people often live closer together, and in many cases where leaders were slower to impose “stay at home” orders. The highest rates are in the New York City and northern New Jersey area, followed by New Orleans and Boston.” May 4th, the Bee reported, “Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg called on county health officials Tuesday to require residents to wear masks in public when the county allows more businesses to reopen following the coronavirus shut down.” “The mask issue has been voluntary in Sacramento County and I understand that,” Steinberg said Tuesday during a Facebook live video. “But as we transition and as we open back up, it is going to be even more important that when we are out in public that we have that extra layer of protection, not just for ourselves but for each other, and wear masks.” “And I am going to call on our county health officials to change that mask order, the mask issue, from voluntary to mandatory.” Never let the facts get in the way of your agenda Nowhere in the May 4th Bee article announcing the mask requirement was it noted that the Bee just reported that the Sacramento region has the lowest reported coronavirus infection rate among the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the country. Yolo County, with 67 total cases and 19 deaths from coronavirus, announced last week that masks are required in public. Los Angeles also now requires masks. San Diego County health officials recently ordered everyone to wear a mask in public. Sacramento County has 1,127 total confirmed positive cases of coronavirus, with 47 deaths. Also notable, the CDC has corrected its numbers down: California’s total deaths due to coronavirus are 1,224, not 2,200. And total deaths in the US is 37,308, not 66,000. “The Center for Disease Control did a pool analysis of 10 RCTs that examined the impact of face masks on reducing influenza infections within a community,” California Globe reported in “Why I’m Not Wearing a Mask.” “They concluded that these studies “found no significant reduction in influenza transmission with the use of face masks.” These studies covered a wide range of environmental settings from University dorms to households, but the results were the same across them all.” “’There is limited evidence for their [masks] effectiveness in preventing influenza virus transmission,’ they found. This applied to masks ‘worn by the infected person for source control OR when worn by uninfected persons.’ They unambiguously concluded that there was ‘no significant effect of face masks on transmission of laboratory-confirmed influenza.’” Mayor Steinberg and the Sacramento County health officer may want to read the May 2020 CDC report before pretending they have the authority to order residents to wear masks in public.