With the rate of COVID-19 cases rising rapidly, we are witnessing the start of another surge in California and the Bay Area that will lead to hospitalizations and deaths of unvaccinated and immunocompromised people.
It is doubtful that our governor will meet at this moment as he must take the necessary steps to stop the highly contagious Delta variant from spreading rapidly. Gavin Newsom is suffering from political paralysis, frozen from doing the right thing as a return to leadership led by those who oppose any restrictions on movement or requirements to wear masks.
It is up to us – individuals, business leaders, school officials and local government leaders – to fill the leadership void with the tools we have available:
• Get vaccinated Shots are now readily available. If you haven’t got yours, now is the time. If you know someone who hasn’t, talk to them and explain why it’s so important.
• Wear a mask Eight Bay Area health officials united last week to urge everyone, vaccinated or not, to cover their faces in indoor public spaces. This is a simple request. For the good of the community, please respect it.
• Sign up for digital verification. newsom last month roll over A vaccine validation system. Everyone who has been vaccinated should Enrollment. And, for the sake of their employees and customers, businesses and entertainment venues must use the system as a requirement for entry.
• Masks for school children. Newsom has made masks mandatory when K-12 schools reopen next month. This is common sense. Sixty percent of students aged 12-17 have not yet been vaccinated, and young children are also not eligible. They have to go back to school. But we don’t want them to get sick, potentially long range health effects, nor infecting older, more vulnerable members of their households.
• College students are required to be vaccinated. All college and university students should be vaccinated, because University of California mandatory. Higher education sites are potential super-spreaders.
For those skeptical about the urgency of this time, consider this: If California was still using its color-coded system for ranking counties based on infection rates, then Los Angeles, Alameda, Contra There will now be at least a dozen, including Costa and Solano. In the most restricted purple level. Much of the rest of the Bay Area will be just a step below.
The grim finding comes from a data analysis by Bay Area News Group reporters John Woolfolk and Harriet Blair Rowan. The issue isn’t the absolute number of cases, it’s the trajectory. If we’ve learned anything from the past 16 months, it’s how quickly coronavirus cases can rise.
With the new, more-contagious Delta version, cases have emerged Three times In California nationally in the past two weeks, they have quadrupled, 11th worst State-growth rate in the country. Contra Costa and San Mateo counties have seen a more than double increase in cases during that time. Cases in Santa Clara County have nearly tripled, and Alameda County has seen a more than fourfold increase.
California’s numbers are still below the level of growth we saw over the winter. But the current slope of the curve is sharply up, as we saw during last summer’s surge. Hospitalized COVID patients in intensive care have doubled in the last one month.
about this, even though half state Fully vaccinated. It is not enough. Worse, vaccination rates have slowed.
This is not a moment when we can wait for our leaders to act. The sad irony is that if Newsom hadn’t abandoned the color-coded ranking system, we might not have been facing this moment, or it wouldn’t have been that bad.
But now this is not our reality. It is up to each of us to face the challenge. Our quick collective and individual actions can make a difference.