INSIDER: LA County Health Orders Employees to Prepare to Enforce Anti-Science Mask Mandate

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After RedState’s Jennifer O’Connell reported in an exclusive that Los Angeles County USC Medical Center doctors admitted in a video that COVID is not a significant issue for the hospital anymore, those doctors were forced to walk back that claim and revert to standard governmental COVID everything-is-terrible speak.


(Full disclosure: The Roxanne Hoge referenced above is my wife.)

Meanwhile, RedState Managing Editor Jennifer Van Laar disclosed what Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer did not, namely that the author of a study used by the county and the CDC to promote masking in schools was co-authored by none other than her non-medically-trained daughter, Kaitlin Barnes. This is clearly a massive conflict of interest, but as Van Laar points out, neither mother nor daughter disclosed it.

While all this is finally being covered in Los Angeles and by national media outlets, we have information from an LA County insider who reveals the Health Department has just issued a call to arms. An email blast was sent out to Environmental Health Specialist employees ordering them to prepare to enforce the all-but-certain rumored mask mandate headed our way on July 29. The email “requests” that all employees of the department sign up for training and to be prepared to work overtime to enforce the edict on the masses.


Here is the text of the email calling the troops to attention. It was sent out at the request of the Director of Environmental Health:

In anticipation of the reinstatement of the indoor mask mandate on Friday, July 29th, volunteers will be needed to work overtime on the weekends of July 30 and 31, and August 6 and 7.

The anticipated hours are:

Saturday – 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, with a 1 hr. lunch break

Sunday – 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, with a 1 hr. lunch break

On these weekends, volunteers will be visiting businesses at high risk for COVID transmission to educate/confirm compliance regarding the reinstatement of the indoor mask mandate.

All field inspectors (regardless of current program assignment) are asked to sign up to work overtime using the link below. [I have removed the link.]

Chief Environmental Health Specialists are also needed to volunteer to provide supervisory coverage over the weekend.  Please use the same link above to sign up to work overtime.

All volunteers must have a laptop and use ECR to complete inspection reports that will be due at the end of each shift. Volunteers must also have a county cellphone.

Sign ups to volunteer are needed by Monday, July 25th.

Training on enforcement of the indoor mask mandate will be provided on Wednesday, July 27th.  Additional information on this training is forthcoming.


Sent at the request of Liza E. Frias, Director of Environmental Health


In sum, what we have here is an out-of-control Public Health Director whose apparent main goal in life is to impose mask mandates on children and service workers, even when the evidence doesn’t support it and her own daughter is busted in a serious conflict-of-interest problem. If you remember the Little Napoleons at every supermarket and in every store angrily demanding that you pull up your mask, prepare for their return. And don’t forget how school administrators feel about children who’d like to breathe or be able to communicate—they say that the kids should just shut up and stay home.

We have been told ad nauseam for the last two years to “follow the science.” That’s a little hard to take seriously when the County Health Director of a major US city—whose policies influence the nation’s—refuses to do the same.

In fact, she snubs her nose at science and just does what she wants to fulfill her own personal agenda and mollify her union buddies.


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