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The Water Cooler – Do You Think The Mask Mandate Will Return To Contra Costa County?


The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it.

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon.

Today’s question:


The average new amount of COVID cases per day in Contra Costa County has gone up about 50% over the past 14 days.

QUESTION: Do you think county leaders will once again announce a mask mandate if numbers continue to rise in the next few weeks?

Talk about it.


Randy April 18, 2022 - 12:10 PM - 12:10 PM

… nope – too political now – anyone with political ambitions won’t touch it

SAM April 18, 2022 - 12:12 PM - 12:12 PM

Nerds in white lab coats do not make laws. Laws are the only thing that is enforceable by police and courts. These psychos may think they found a loophole by threatening businesses but it won’t go down like the first time. Never happen

Googlar April 19, 2022 - 4:38 PM - 4:38 PM

CDC mandates are not laws

Captain Bebops April 18, 2022 - 12:13 PM - 12:13 PM

A federal judge has just overturned the mask mandate for planes and other forms of public transportation. So if the county reinstates the mask mandate it will get a LOT of blowback and will be ignored.

Mutts April 18, 2022 - 12:20 PM - 12:20 PM

Probably because those in power can never get enough. Their priorities aren’t right. Sad.

ConcordResident April 18, 2022 - 1:31 PM - 1:31 PM

Like banning books or deciding what can be taught?

SAM April 18, 2022 - 6:56 PM - 6:56 PM

Calm down disney. We definitely get to decide what can be taught to our children. Showing porn books to 5 year old is a felony.

bdml April 19, 2022 - 8:29 AM - 8:29 AM

@ ConcordResident

Why is it ok for teachers to groom children in your eyes but parents have no rights? Please explain we are all waiting to hear groomer…

Cyn April 19, 2022 - 9:51 AM - 9:51 AM

Yes, exactly like that; and the sooner you understand that MINORS’ LIVES MATTER, the better off you will be.

ConcordResident April 19, 2022 - 10:10 AM - 10:10 AM

Who is showing porn books to 5 year olds?

What about the parents who give their kids under 10 tablets/phones and then don’t monitor the content?

@bdml – isn’t OANN and Fox News just grooming you to parrot their catchphrases? Are your kids coming home asking for hormone pills?

@Cyn – so the minor’s lives that Matt Gaetz impacted doesn’t matter?

SAM April 19, 2022 - 12:11 PM - 12:11 PM

I wouldn’t matter if I posted proof. You would make up some wild absurd justification like I suppose to change my mind. There are limits in a functional society and for some reason they are being crossed.

bdml April 19, 2022 - 1:04 PM - 1:04 PM


Never heard of OANN is that where you get your groomer info? Don’t watch Fox News either. I just call it like I see it & you are definitely a groomer. No My son is on the Varsity team starting, in the 1000lb weightlifting club & my daughter is a popular cheerleader. They are both well adjusted & happy to have parents concerned about their futures, why do you ask groomer?

Cyn April 19, 2022 - 4:39 PM - 4:39 PM

@ConcordResident (again)
Why are you asking me such a question? Let me repeat myself:

Oh, please April 19, 2022 - 9:57 PM - 9:57 PM

Concord. So, you don’t think that the left also decides to ban books or decide what is being taught? WOW.

Rollo Tomasi April 20, 2022 - 2:37 PM - 2:37 PM

“What about the parents who give their kids under 10 tablets/phones and then don’t monitor the content?”

Key word – PARENTS. Not some unrelated government employee.

WC---Creeker April 18, 2022 - 12:48 PM - 12:48 PM

Does the science say masks work? Maybe they should have a ‘bullet proof vest’ mandate to minimize the number of people getting killed by criminals shooting guns in public.

parent April 18, 2022 - 12:50 PM - 12:50 PM

They may try … they may … but I do not believe it will ever be enforced again.

Federal court just took down the travel mask mandate.
The Student Vaccine Mandate is now stalled for at least a year.

The evidence suggests that the people are winning.

Anon April 18, 2022 - 12:51 PM - 12:51 PM

Absolutely. The Spinelessness of the masses only emboldened the Tyrants.

Jerry April 18, 2022 - 12:54 PM - 12:54 PM

I don’t think we’ll see a mandate unless death tolls rise significantly.

I have not stopped wearing a mask when indoors and will definitely continue to do so especially given the rapidly rising case and hospital numbers.

Rollo Tomasi April 20, 2022 - 2:38 PM - 2:38 PM

“I have not stopped wearing a mask when indoors and will definitely continue to do so especially given the rapidly rising case and hospital numbers.”
And you’re free to do so. Was this a great country or what?

Jeff (the other one) April 18, 2022 - 12:56 PM - 12:56 PM

What does that mean, the count of cases has gone up? Is that the number of positive tests? Is that positive test with symptoms? Is it somebody with a cold thinks it’s covid? What is the 50% increase actually? Did we have 30 cases and now we have 45? Is it under 100? 1000?

bdml April 19, 2022 - 8:33 AM - 8:33 AM

Exactly, besides a work issue can’t for the life of me understand why people need to know if they have Covid or not. If you feel sick stay home drink water isolate until symptoms are gone just like people always have. You couldn’t get me near one of these sites, what difference will it make if I know? It won’t make a bit of difference at all

Captain Bebops April 19, 2022 - 9:38 AM - 9:38 AM

It means that “spring break” is over and as usual colds and flu are prevalent acerbated by damp and cold weather. They’ll try to blame covid of course.

WC Resident April 18, 2022 - 12:57 PM - 12:57 PM

There have always been small ripples in the numbers. Since March 1st the positivity rate dropped from 4.1% down to 1.8% on March 20th and then has increased to 3.7%. The changes were gradual and so are unlikely to be the start of a surge.

Similar things happened during the long lulls between surges in 2021.

That all said, I expect to see a moderate surge as there were many in-person gatherings for Easter. Fortunately, If you are vaccinated plus boosted then Omicron seems to be like getting a cold. It’s annoying but it won’t slow you down.

bdml April 19, 2022 - 8:35 AM - 8:35 AM

And the same goes for the unvaccinated, it is exactly like the flu plus you get the added bonus of natural immunity which is far superior to the jab.

Tom April 20, 2022 - 6:58 AM - 6:58 AM

@bdml actually, the very best immunity is being vaccinated and then getting covid on top of that. You start with partial immunity to avoid severe illness, plus your body adds natural immunity to it. That’s what I’ve been reading. Why anyone would prefer to get potentially very sick with a flu when safe vaccines are available is beyond me. The flu vaccine saved my spouse’s life back in 2013.

Deb Shay April 20, 2022 - 5:05 PM - 5:05 PM

Zero studies to back up the claim that being vaccinated lessens symptoms. ZERO. That’s big pharma speak, not facts.

Omicron symptoms are exactly like the common cold…refer to Commie Costa’s health department symptom checker for proof.

The vaccines were mostly useless against Delta and completely useless against the much milder Omicron.

Concordejet April 18, 2022 - 1:00 PM - 1:00 PM

If general election is coming than yes, mask mandidate will return only for voting season!

PO'd April 18, 2022 - 1:02 PM - 1:02 PM

From day one, this became a political issue with conservatives snubbing mask wearing, and liberals ignoring them when they are perceived alone, but pushing them on us. Wrong? Yes but not worth getting my pants in a snarl over it. What did you expect from politicians?
The best answer is to ask your doctor what is the best play for you, because there is no indication that this virus in all it’s various mutations is going away anytime soon. Also for vaccinations.

Badge1104 April 18, 2022 - 1:16 PM - 1:16 PM

It wouldn’t surprise me if they tried to bring it back around October….. So they can force total mail in election in November .
The Democrats wielded the covid restrictions to gain a lot of power over people. Gavin Newsom himself told his friends that he was going to use it to advance his progressive agendas. One of those was to let the prisoners out of jail. (Which is wanting to do anyway)
And we see how that worked out!

Vindex April 18, 2022 - 1:22 PM - 1:22 PM

I sure hope not. If people want to wear them.. fine. Give people choice.

Roz April 18, 2022 - 2:28 PM - 2:28 PM

@ Vindex~
+1… makes common sense for all……TY

Yoyohop April 18, 2022 - 1:24 PM - 1:24 PM

It’s called allergy season😉

Clam Bake April 18, 2022 - 1:50 PM - 1:50 PM

All my front teeth had cavities (7 total – all in front) / Dentist admitted she has been seeing a lot of that. Really odd – as I never had cavities before.

The Professor April 19, 2022 - 8:03 AM - 8:03 AM

Time to change your brushing habits.

You have to remove the mask BEFORE brushing.

Dawg April 18, 2022 - 1:54 PM - 1:54 PM

Never say never. It’s difficult to predict what the self-proclaimed experts will do with their newfound power. There are still a lot of people walking around wearing a mask. If the mandates ever make a comeback, I’m sure those poor naive, gullible souls will rejoice. Ever ask yourself, “why do people’s glasses fog up when they wear a mask?” It’s because they do not give an airtight fit, allowing germs to escape with every exhale. Even the N-95 can cause the wearer’s glasses to fog up, if it hasn’t been properly fitted.

Martinezmike April 18, 2022 - 4:03 PM - 4:03 PM

In saying never say never, aren’t you saying it twice? 🤔

Phil April 18, 2022 - 2:10 PM - 2:10 PM

No flu, no colds, reduced allergies. Since March 2020, I’ve been healthier than ever. I’m going to keep wearing one indoors even if they develop a vaccine against all variants. Humans are disease ridden monkeys.

Dorothy April 18, 2022 - 4:38 PM - 4:38 PM

+ 1

Oh, please April 18, 2022 - 5:05 PM - 5:05 PM

Lol. Have fun wearing a mask for the rest of your life! There is no vaccine that will protect you 100%. Also, the more you keep yourself away from common colds, the worse your next cold is going to be! Have fun!

Let me guess, you wear a mask to your dinner table and then take it off in the restaurant to eat?

Tsa April 18, 2022 - 5:15 PM - 5:15 PM


SAM April 18, 2022 - 11:30 PM - 11:30 PM

You freaks can do whatever you want. It’s called freedom. It’s mainstream news now that the vaccine is causing huge deaths in 18-49 year olds. The mask can’t save you now, but go ahead and keep it. It’s your life.

Gititogether April 18, 2022 - 2:12 PM - 2:12 PM

I think…the public employees, would jump at the chance to stoke their ego(s). Regardless of logic or commonsense

Bob April 18, 2022 - 2:41 PM - 2:41 PM

Follow the money and the timeline for all the Covid answers you need

Cellophane April 18, 2022 - 4:33 PM - 4:33 PM
El D April 18, 2022 - 3:16 PM - 3:16 PM

Probably not, unless hospitals start to fill up.

You never know when a new variant might emerge for which the current vaccines would be completely useless. At least they are still highly effective against severe illness and death at this point, even though they have lost some of their effectiveness against infection.

Oh, please April 18, 2022 - 5:03 PM - 5:03 PM

I mean, they are not very effective… That has been pretty danged proven by now. And, the hospitals only fill up with people who were ALREADY sick who got covid.

Oh, please April 18, 2022 - 5:02 PM - 5:02 PM

I am sure they will try! And in certain stupid parts of the country (Bay Area, CA), they probably will bring back a mandate! Looking at you, CCC, with your morons in charge. People will fight more this next time…

Cellophane April 18, 2022 - 5:31 PM - 5:31 PM

I believe they will try to get everyone to wear masks and follow their mandates.

It’s been all over the news that CA’s response to covid was a failure.

Florida did it the best.

My unscientific and casual observation of people tells me that about 1% of us are still wearing masks.

That’s just about the rate that will comply with any new mandates the corrupt overpaid paper pushers may dream up.

HappyPappy April 18, 2022 - 6:58 PM - 6:58 PM

The criminal Biden administration has finally conceded the Florida judge’s ruling that the mask mandate was unlawful.
Too bad the mask hoax was used by democrats to intimidate and scare Americans into political submission like mail-in ballots, cause unnecessary stressful isolation and deaths, inflame hate and criminal acts from horrible ignorant virtue signaling losers.
Create division among families, friends, and coworkers, and horrible criminal behaviors meant to silence opposing views.
Let’s hope somebody finds a way to make them pay. Voting them OUT would be a good place to start.
The failing Biden administration continues to demonstrates it’s incompetence and criminal acts against Americans.

FPN April 18, 2022 - 8:30 PM - 8:30 PM

No flu no cold since the year 2000. Don’t wear a mask and refuse to get the JAB. Mask don’t work and don’t think they are coming back

redrazor April 19, 2022 - 12:42 PM - 12:42 PM

+1 to FPN Same with me, exactly: cold, mask, and jab free here!!

Aunt Barbara April 19, 2022 - 11:49 AM - 11:49 AM

Humans cannot cantain themselves and must cough, sneeze, touch everything and get in your space. Masks work, so I will use one when necessary. but not be forced when not needed.
Everyone was attractive with a mask.You could envision how they appeared….taking masks off is sometimes quite shocking!

nytemuvr April 19, 2022 - 6:14 PM - 6:14 PM

I only wear one when I use my leaf blower.

The Fearless Spectator April 19, 2022 - 3:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Increased hate in the US can best be measured by the increase in crime and murder.
You can look to the defund the police budget reductions and Sorros purchased DA’s for this current unfortunate phenomenon.

Tom April 20, 2022 - 7:06 AM - 7:06 AM

Mask wearing is a reasonable precaution for those who need it, but you’ll continue to get verbally attacked for doing so. Anyone who listens to their doctor is a “sheep.” Anyone who chooses a mask or a vaccine for extra protection is a “fear mongerer.” If you love “freedom,” then you have only one choice, which isn’t freedom at all. We don’t need mandates anymore, but we do need a reality check so that we can all make good personal decisions free from buzzwords and brainwashing.

Rollo Tomasi April 20, 2022 - 2:45 PM - 2:45 PM

All you need to make a good personal decision is the data which are readily available.

Deb Shay April 20, 2022 - 5:10 PM - 5:10 PM

Gruesome Newsome is just itching to bring back the mask mandate. It will come from his office first.

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