California will require all state employees and healthcare workers to be vaccinated or take weekly tests for the coronavirus, the state announced Monday.
😷: Why it matters:
Los Angeles County reported that the number of people diagnosed with COVID-19 has nearly doubled in the last two weeks; almost every person hospitalized with COVID-19 in LA County is unvaccinated. In June, 92% of those hospitalized with COVID-19 were unvaccinated, County health officials say.
In Long Beach, Health officials say they've seen a 'steep rise' in COVID-19 cases over the past six weeks.
Beginning on August 9, the policy will apply to approximately 246,000 state employees. Employees have until August 23 to comply.
Regardless of the fact that California has vaccinated more than 44 million residents, 75 percent of the eligible population receiving at least one dose, the state is seeing an uptick in the frequency of people who refuse to be vaccinanted being admitted to the ICU and death, the state announced.
💉: Over 64% of California residents are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC COVID Data Tracker, though the rate of vaccinations has slowed.
According to the New York Times, the average number of cases in California has risen to more than 6,300 per day, more than doubling the daily average just two weeks ago.
What he's saying:
“Too many people have chosen to live with this virus,” Newsom told reporters Monday. “We’re at a point in this epidemic, this pandemic, where choice — individuals’ choice not to get vaccinated — is now impacting the rest of us in a profound and devastating and deadly way," CA Governor Gavin Newsom said during a press conference.
🧠: Keep this in mind:
The latest health order comes as Newsom is facing a recall election, mainly created in reaction to his handling of the pandemic. Since California's reopening the economy on June 15, he has been hesitant to impose new mask-wearing or social distance rules. However, counties, including Los Angeles, have mandated or encouraged people to wear masks indoors.
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Since Saturday, the US Coast Guard has been searching for a missing 35-year-old Asian man who was a crew member on the Sea Queen II, a ship docked near Seal Beach. The absent crew member was last seen at about 2 a.m.; he was spotted wearing a red sweatshirt and black sweatpants.
Long Beach Fire and police assisted with the search, plus eight other local authorities.
Coast Guard Petty Officer Richard Brahm told The Post that the Coast Guard searched 43 square miles for about five hours.
A car going west on the eastbound 91 Freeway in North Long Beach slammed into an oncoming vehicle, killing two drivers early Saturday morning, authorities said.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the collision occurred around 5:20 a.m., near the Atlantic Avenue on-ramp. A Sigalert was declared at 5:47 a.m., closing all lanes on the eastbound 91 west of Atlantic Ave.
The two drivers were declared dead at the scene, and according to the CHP, the crash caused a fire trapping both drivers inside their mangled cars.
CHP followed a 2016 Honda going east on the 91, beginning near State College Blvd in Anaheim, per the Press-Telegram.
The driver going the wrong way was traveling above 90 miles per hour at the time of the crash.