California now the only state without “high” COVID spread

The Delta variant is wreaking havoc throughout much of the United States. But after a deadly winter surge, California is faring comparatively well.

California is now the only state where coronavirus transmission is no longer considered “high,” according to the CDC. The state moved out of the most severe tier along with Vermont and Connecticut this week and into the “substantial” category. Vermont and Connecticut soon slid back into the worst tier, leaving just California and Puerto Rico.

The Golden State has been helped by high vaccination numbers and compliance with public health measures like indoor masking, said state epdemiologist Dr. Erica Pan.

With that said, we’ll be keeping an eye on the numbers for the next week. Los Angeles County failed to report cases Saturday or Sunday because of a scheduled system upgrade. The reporting delay may have affected the state’s standing.

Voters are certainly feeling better about California’s situation. According to exit polls from Tuesday’s recall election, over two-thirds of voters believe the state’s COVID-19 status is improving or staying the same.


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