Mask mandates make a return — along with controversy

A transit passenger wears a mask while awaiting a light rail train in Los Angeles, which has reimposed mask mandates for people — vaccinated or not — inside public establishments.The daily average of confirmed U.S. coronavirus cases has nearly tripled in the past month, from fewer than 12,000 on June 19 to almost 35,000 on Monday, according to The Washington Post’s seven-day average of coronavirus cases.Some physicians who embraced mask mandates last year said they’re concerned the moment has passed.Former Louisiana health commissioner Rebekah Gee, who is CEO of Health Care Services for LSU Health, wrote last year that she favored the use of mask mandates to protect public health.Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy said the federal government supports local mask mandates in places where cases are surging or many residents are unvaccinated.