Rethink journey to Nevada, Florida amid COVID-19 surge

The Los Angeles County well being officer has advised that residents rethink journey to states with the nation’s worst charges of coronavirus transmission, together with Nevada and Florida.

“I do need to suggest — particularly if you happen to’re unvaccinated — rethink touring to locations the place the seven-day COVID-19 case charges are more and more excessive, like Nevada, our neighbor, or Missouri, Florida, Arkansas and Louisiana and others,” Dr. Muntu Davis stated in his briefing to the county Board of Supervisors this week.

Arkansas, Missouri, Florida, Nevada and Louisiana have the nation’s highest ranges of latest coronavirus instances per capita, with weekly charges roughly 4 to seven instances California’s. All 5 of these states are thought of by the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention as having “excessive” charges of neighborhood transmission, the worst tier of the CDC’s four-tier scale.

California nonetheless is taken into account as having “reasonable” neighborhood transmission, the second-lowest tier. In California, for each 100,000 residents, 34.9 have newly examined constructive over the previous week; the comparable determine for Arkansas is 227.1; for Missouri, 183.8; Florida, 168.8; Nevada, 145.8; and Louisiana, 136.1.

L.A. County’s per capita weekly coronavirus case charge is increased than California’s however nonetheless far decrease than the 5 states talked about by Davis. L.A. County is now reporting 59.2 new coronavirus instances weekly for each 100,000 residents, categorized as “substantial” neighborhood transmission, the second-highest tier. San Diego, Riverside, and Sacramento counties are in the identical class: Per 100,000 residents, San Diego County is reporting 58.6 weekly instances; Riverside County, 50.3; and Sacramento, 92.5.

Orange County is reporting 12.4 instances for each 100,000 residents, putting it within the “reasonable” neighborhood transmission tier. Different Southern California counties on this class embrace Ventura (15.7) and San Bernardino (48.1).

In contrast, the charge in Florida’s Miami-Dade County is 160.9 weekly instances per 100,000 residents; and within the Sunshine State’s Orange County, residence to Disney World, there have been 135.1 weekly instances per 100,000 residents. Each are thought of to have “excessive” charges of neighborhood transmission.

Nevada’s Clark County, the place Las Vegas is positioned, has even worse metrics, with 204 new weekly instances for each 100,000 residents. That’s thrice increased than L.A. County.

As of Thursday morning, two rural Northern California counties — Siskiyou and Lake — reported “excessive” charges of neighborhood transmission, in keeping with the CDC.

Different California counties with “substantial” transmission embrace Imperial County east of San Diego; Stanislaus and San Benito counties in Central California; San Mateo, Sonoma, Solano, Napa, Nevada, El Dorado, and Amador counties within the Bay Space and Sacramento areas; and Sutter, Yuba, Butte, Lassen, Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte counties farther north.

Whereas absolutely vaccinated persons are effectively protected in opposition to coronavirus an infection, and particularly hospitalization and demise due to COVID-19, docs say extra warning ought to be taken when neighborhood transmission charges are excessive. The extra you’re involved with the coronavirus, the upper an opportunity there can be of a “breakthrough” an infection, when a vaccinated individual nonetheless will get the virus.

Some docs have advised it’s prudent for even absolutely vaccinated folks to put on masksin areas the place vaccination charges are low and virus transmission charges are excessive.

One San Benito County man instructed KGO-TV lately that he and his spouse — who have been each absolutely vaccinated — contracted COVID-19 throughout a visit to Las Vegas after which handed the virus on to their kids, who’re too younger to be vaccinated, after they returned residence. The household has since recovered, he stated.


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