CA will require state employees & healthcare workers to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccinated
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.