As COVID-19 cases rise, health officials are contemplating reimplementing mask mandates in some parts of the state.

Santa Barbara County Public Health Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg says an uptick in COVID-19 cases in Santa Barbara County is concerning, and if cases continue to rise at this rate, another mask mandate may not be out of the question.

During a virtual press conference on Tuesday, Dr. Ansorg spoke about why we are seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases.

“We now experience the pandemic of the unvaccinated. It is unnecessary and completely preventable. This new surge in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths is affecting the people who do not get vaccinated for whatever reason,” he said.

Due to individuals choosing not to get vaccinated, restrictions lifting, and the contagious delta variant,

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