Most of California is now in the CDC’s “high” level of Covid – deadline

The inhabitants of the greater part of CaliforniaAll 58 US counties are required to wear masks, according to the CDC. That’s because 40 of those counties are already designated communities with “HighCovid levels. Less than a month ago the count it was 13.

However, the decision to return to mandatory face coverings is not up to the CDC, but to local health authorities. The CDC guidance is only a strong recommendation.

The counties in question are home to about 20 million residents and include Ventura, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Sacramento and Fresno.


The most populous region of the state, Los Angelesnot listed, but that may not be the case for long.

“With our rising case rates and rising hospital admission rates, we have new concerns about the impact of Covid, and it’s more likely now that we’ll get to that high level in the community sometime this summer,” said Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer yesterday. According to Ferrer, according to recent projections, Los Angeles will pass that threshold on July 19 based on hospital admissions. See the graphic below.


If the county of 10 million goes into community high and stays there for two weeks, Ferrer has repeatedly said the public health department, which does have the power to reinstate a mask mandate, they would.

Across the state, cases are rising and are now at the same level they were on Dec. 20, during the original last winter Omicron wave: about 15,000 signups per day. But experts say that number is almost certainly lower because it doesn’t include the results of over-the-counter tests, which are now much more widely used.

More worrying is the state’s positive test rate, which today stands at 14.8%. That’s up 18% over the past week, a big jump for a number that’s a percentage and is averaged over seven days to iron out bottlenecks in the data. Current test positivity is now above last summer’s peak and up from the winter peak of 22.5%.

Even Covid-related hospitalizations, which in the spring leveled off for weeks at just under 1,000, have started to rise sharply again to only around 3,500.

Nor about where it all goes next, with two new more portable variants BA.4 and BA.5 and a long holiday weekend looming, “All the information so far points to the need to prepare for the possibility of significant transmission in the coming weeks,” Ferrer said.

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