Vaccinations increased as Delta became active.
Here’s some good news to start your morning: California has less COVID-19 transmission than any other state in the country.
That’s according to federal officials, who gave the rankings on Wednesday State’s current coronavirus case rate lowest in the country.
Sure, there are mask mandates and other measures to credit, but the most worthy of thanks is the Golden State’s high level of vaccination.
More than 82 percent of Californians aged 12 and older have had at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Only nine states have vaccinated their vast majority of the population.
The delta variant boom has been a real-life experiment in the effectiveness of vaccines, which appears to have helped Governor Gavin Newsom survive a recall election Tuesday. For the most part, places with high vaccination rates have been protected from the virus.
And in California, the delta increase has also done something else: drive up vaccination rates even higher.
The number of people vaccinated here began to stall in June, but then accelerated as the delta version peaked in late July. Ultimately, about 1.6 million Californians received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine in August, up from 1.1 million who did so in July.
It is difficult to ascertain exactly what caused the increase in vaccination. California recently made vaccines mandatory for state employees, teachers, and health care workers. There is new evidence of strong protection of the vaccines, even against the delta variant.
Some Californians may have been persuaded to get the shot after seeing the direct damage caused by the virus. We’ve all heard stories of people hospitalized with COVID-19, struggling to breathe, and wishing they could get the vaccine.
Since early August, the biggest increases in vaccinations in California have been in the San Joaquin Valley, the Sacramento region and far northern California – the parts of the state that have been hit hardest by recent coronavirus cases.
Those areas had lower vaccination rates to begin with, so they had more room to grow. But it is possible that some people have also been impressed by seeing overwhelmed hospital in their communities.
“The question is: What gets you to make a decision that’s different from what you’ve made today in the past few months?” UCSF epidemiologist Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo said. “I think fear is somewhat of a motivator, unfortunately.”
Bibbins-Domingo told me that she thinks social pressure, community access, and the availability of shots also play a role in who gets the vaccine. It will be known in the coming months which strategies work best as California health officials try to encourage holdouts to get vaccinated.
Even in communities with high vaccination rates, the delta variant is too contagious to wipe out, Bibbins-Domingo said. But shots will remain an essential part of reducing future blows.
“It all starts and ends with vaccination. It doesn’t mean that once you cross some magical threshold, the virus magically disappears,” she told me. “How many people get vaccinated? imposed – it’s like how many obstacles you can put up to counter the attack.”
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Los Angeles County officials said Wednesday that proof of vaccination will be required to enter indoor bars, clubs and other drinking establishments starting next month.
Contra Costa County announced earlier this week that customers would have to show vaccine cards Bars, Restaurants and Gyms. San Francisco already has a similar mandate.
People who have not been vaccinated are 11 times more likely to die from COVID-19.
View COVID-19 rates in your California county with our coronavirus tracker. Or find out global trends on the spread of the coronavirus here.
Researchers are launching studies annually to investigate any possible links between vaccinations and irregular menstruation.
California counties with the lowest vaccination rates were most likely to vote to exclude Newsom, finds one Analysis from the Los Angeles Times.
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Parks reopened: Five of California’s 20 national forests reopened late Wednesday after being closed to all visitors for 15 days.
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Larry Elder: Defeated in the recall, the talk radio host looks to the future in conservative politics.
Newsom’s future: The governor beat the recall, and now comes the hard part – controlling California.
cost of recall: The cost of the recall is estimated at $450 million.
Payment to dead people: California’s state pension system hasn’t recovered $42 million in payments to people who don’t survive, according to a new audit reported by. Sacramento Bee.
Incentive check: The second round of payment from Golden Gate Stimulus will be released on Friday, according to sfgate.
Ride Reboot: The latest Disneyland ride to undergo major renovations, Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin, is being rebooted recently with Jessica Rabbit in the lead role, reports Orange County Register.
Space Launch: Hawthorne-based SpaceX launched the first all-civilian crew into space on Wednesday, NBC Los Angeles reports.
retail stealth ring Four people were arrested in Orange County on suspicion of stealing $2 million worth of retail products from dozens of stores across the state as part of a burglary ring. According to the Associated Press.
West Fresno Social Services: Many West Fresno residents say social services have declined after being consolidated into a new facility in Clovis. About 100 people protested the change on Wednesday. Fresno Bee reports.
Opioid Crisis: Opioid overdoses have increased in Alameda County, posing another health challenge for immigrants, Oaklandside reports.
Air Quality Consultancy: Air quality officials are warning of possible smoky air in the Bay Area through Thursday due to fires in Northern California, According to the San Francisco Chronicle.
what are we eating
enjoy this cucumber salad With soy, ginger and garlic.
where are we traveling
A writer went in search of Asian American history in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Read more about a California Gold Rush town called Sugar Camp.
Tell us about your favorite places to visit in California. Email your suggestions at [email protected] We’ll be sharing more in upcoming versions of the Slitter.
Between wildfires, pandemics, and droughts, this summer in California hasn’t been easy.
So with September 22 marking the end of the season, I’m asking you to share what helped you make it through. Maybe it was a vacation you postponed, a trashy TV show, a delicious meal you cooked up or your night out.
Email me your favorite summer memory at [email protected] With your name and the city you live in. If you wish to include a picture, please ensure that it is oriented horizontally.
And before I go, some good news
Less than five percent of career firefighters in the country are women. This Northern California camp is trying to change that.
In 2018, Alameda County Fire Captain Kimberly Larson started a nonprofit that hosts camps for high schoolers in the Bay Area to introduce women to non-traditional careers such as firefighting, Report San Francisco Examiner.
At this year’s camp, smaller than usual due to the pandemic, enthusiasm was at an all-time high.
“Many of them this time said… ‘We’re going to be the firefighters,’” San Francisco Fire Captain Julie Mau told Sapper. “Just very, very confident, very determined.”
Thanks for reading. I’ll be back tomorrow. – Soumya
ps is here Today’s Mini Crossword, and a clue: the website’s help page, in short (3 characters).
Steven Moity and Mariel Wemsley contributed to California Today. you can reach the team [email protected].
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