Newsom affirms school mask mandate following OC education board legal threat

Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday he remains firmly behind the state mandate for students and teachers to wear masks as in-person instruction resumes across the state, despite multiple legal challenges, including one planned by the Orange County Board of Education. … Dr. Dan Cooper of UC Irvine’s Institute for Immunology, who has been active in the university’s COVID-19 pandemic research, called the assertion “a falsehood.” … Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist and UC Irvine [associate] professor of population health and disease prevention, also disputed the Board of Education’s claims.