California hits 4 million COVID-19 cases amid delta variant spread
by: Los Angeles Times Posted: Aug 6, 2021 / 07:00 PM PDT / Updated: Aug 6, 2021 / 07:00 PM PDT
California has now reported 4 million coronavirus infections, Times data show — a milestone that underscores the extent to which the pandemic has roared back to life as the ultra-transmissible Delta variant continues to storm across the state.
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Breaking that barrier seemed a far-off prospect only weeks ago, when the state reopened its economy amid tumbling transmission rates and ushered in a hopeful chapter in the long-running battle against COVID-19.
But the coronavirus has since rebounded with ferocity, and California is seeing a level of daily infection higher than at any point during last summer’s surge.
Despite the rapid rise in cases, the numbers of Californians hospitalized with and dying from COVID-19 remain lower than those seen a year ago, and well shy of the darkest days of the fall-and-winter wave.
California order will limit hospital visitors to vaccinated or those with a negative COVID-19 test
by: Nexstar Media Wire Posted: Aug 6, 2021 / 09:46 PM PDT / Updated: Aug 6, 2021 / 09:46 PM PDT
Visitors to any of California’s hospitals will only be allowed access if they are vaccinated against COVID-19, or provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test, according to an order about to come into effect by the California Department of Public Health.
The measure, published on Thursday, is designed to help control the spread of COVID-19, reports KTLA sister station KSEE/KGPE in Fresno.
The order is due to take effect Aug. 11 and applies to hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and intermediate care facilities.
According to the new statewide policy, all healthcare facilities must either verify that visitors are fully vaccinated (with documentation to prove it) — or those either unvaccinated or partially vaccinated must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test where the specimen was collected within 72 hours before the visit.
The order also requires masks, personal protective equipment and physical distancing requirements to be put in place.
According to the CDPH, all facilities that fall under the order must comply by Aug. 11.