If you’ve been following the news about the coronavirus in California this week, you may have noticed the contrast to how the pandemic has developed in the state.
As hospitals in central and northern California called on US troops to assist Covid-19 workers, Los Angeles and Gulf officials publicly discussed the obligation to remove masks if infections subsided in the area. started.
Of course, these differences reflect the breadth of our country, but there is one more thing here. This is widening the gap in the way different parts of California are handling the pandemic.
During our first year living with the coronavirus, many decisions about who to interact with and what precautions we took were inherited by the state. (Do you remember the instructions for staying at home?)
However, as more and more controls move to the local level, the restrictions and behaviors we face, and therefore the consistency of the pandemic experience, are much lower.
To be vaccinated. 70% of Californians covered by the vaccine have been vaccinated with both, and teachers, health workers, and government personnel have a statewide requirement.
However, there are big differences between districts. In Marin County, 87% of Californians over the age of 12 have both photos. In Lassen County has 35 percent.
In that regard, West Virginia is the least vaccinated state in the United States, with 47% of residents over the age of 12 also vaccinated. Immunization rates are low in Lassen and several other California counties.
This has significant consequences. Unvaccinated Californians are eight times more likely to be infected with the coronavirus and 16 times more likely to die from the coronavirus than those who have been shot, state figures show.
Like the low-vaccination state, the low-vaccination area of California experienced its worst delta wave this summer.
There is also evidence that people who are not vaccinated are less likely to take other precautions, such as wearing masks or keeping indoor spaces crowded.
“They don’t think they’re that serious, so they have low vaccination rates and no other precautions,” said Kevin Marot, an honorary professor of epidemiology at California State University in Long Beach. Lower.
But that’s not the only trend. In recent months, the heavily vaccinated California area has also quickly requested masks, school tests, and vaccines for students and government officials.
On Wednesday, the city of Los Angeles decided to apply for vaccination certificates to enter indoor restaurants, gyms, museums, cinemas and salons next month. This measure is one of the most stringent measures in the country.
This rule applies to San Francisco County, Berkeley, and Contra Costa. These places are highly vaccinated.