California’s Rising COVID-19 Rate Sparks Pleas To Vaccinate

LOS ANGELES (AP) – California health officials are pleading with people to get vaccinated for COVID-19 as infections and hospitalizations continue a worrying rise. The state on Thursday reported nearly 5,600 new cases and the average positive-test rate over seven days was 4.9% – a nearly five-fold increase over last week. Most cases are among the unvaccinated and fueled by the highly transmissible delta variant. On Thursday, health officers in Contra Costa, Santa Clara and San Francisco counties in the Bay Area urged employers to require vaccinations for workers and masks for those who weren’t fully vaccinated.