Cases of the COVID-19 delta variant continue to surge at a pace that would put some California counties back into the purple tier in the state’s now-expired blueprint for reopening.
As expected, the delta variant is now the dominant strain in the U.S., making up 83% of the nation’s current cases, a big jump from 50% the week of July 3.
In California, nearly half of all new COVID-19 cases are of the delta variant. For that reason, 17 California counties are now recommending that even fully vaccinated people wear masks when indoors. All Bay Area counties, except Solano County, are among those.
Los Angeles County is the lone California county mandating a return to masks indoors.
Health officials across the region and the nation continue to urge people to get vaccinated, as all the authorized vaccines provide protection against the delta variant and because most of the new COVID-19 infections are people who are not vaccinated.
Source: NBC Bay Area