The number of COVID cases in California appears to be higher than in Texas or Florida, despite the Golden State’s generally stricter approach to pandemic control, according to Newsweek. The rate of transmission of the delta variant virus in California has risen to the CDC’s red high level, the highest possible transmission level.
COVID-19 Cases In California
COVID-19 cases in the United States have been steadily rising, with a seven-day moving average of 6,297 in California compared to 3,102 in Texas and 1,470 in Florida, as per CDC as of November 9. According to San Francisco Chronicle, cities with vaccination rates lower than the Bay Areas see some of these most alarming rises. More than a 20 percent increase in hospitalizations in Southern California counties like Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino in recent weeks in the Central Valley and greater Sacramento area.
Gavin Newsom, California’s governor, announced on October 1 that students would be required to be fully vaccinated before participating in face-to-face instruction. Until the Food and Drug Administration gives its final approval, the mandate cannot take effect until either January 1 or July 1 of the following year.
As the first state to require all public and private school children to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and the strict mask and vaccine mandates for staff, California reported the lowest COVID-19 infection rate in the country. It appeared to be reaping the benefits of strict mask and vaccine regulations.
Red High Level
However, case rates in the state have now returned to the CDC’s high rate of transmission in the United States. The CDC’s orange substantial transmission level includes southern states like Texas and Florida, where state leaders did not enforce face mask policies or support other strict mandates, unlike California, as per Fox News.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), California’s seven-day case rate was 113.4 cases per 100,000 people on Sunday. Vaccination rates in California are higher than in states like Texas and Florida, but that hasn’t stopped the spread of disease. Sixty-two percent of California’s population is vaccinated, with Florida reporting 60 percent and Texas reporting 54 percent of the population, as per The New York Times.
According to Newsweek, one of the many factors is the decline in vaccine immunity over time. If many people in California were vaccinated earlier than in other states, this could lead to a decrease in immunity. Some studies prove that vaccines are waning after months of vaccination.