The CDC reported that California was the sole huge state that has survived the category of highest virus transmission risk.
California was the only large state that was not colored in full red in a map as of this week, which means it is not categorized for high transmission.
The state now falls at ‘substantial risk of community transmission category and was therefore colored orange. The yellow color was assigned to indicate that a place is at ‘moderate’ risk while blue is for ‘low’ risk.
Presently, California is recording the lowest case rate across the nation, the Office of Governor Newsom said. The state has logged 97.8 new cases in 100, 000 people in the last seven days.
According to California’s health department, some 68.3 percent of the state’s population has already completed their vaccine shots. Epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan believes this is one of the factors that drove the lowering of the state’s transmission risk.
Apart from this, the achievement was also attributed to the masking requirement indoors. The majority of the counties in the Bay Area have reinstated their indoor mask requirement. Proof of vaccination is also required to access dining establishments and other businesses at risk of virus spread in San Francisco.
The state last month has mandated all school staff to get proof of complete vaccination or undergo COVID-19 testing at least once a week – the first state to do so, according to the governor’s office. California also became the first to mandate universal mask-wearing in educational institutions.
California has reached a slightly lower risk standing because of the strict anti-virus measures, KRON4 reported.
“I want to focus on what we said yes to as a state: We said ‘yes’ to science, we said ‘yes’ to vaccines, we said ‘yes’ to ending this pandemic,” the governor said when his survival on the recall polls was announced on election night.