SACRAMENTA, Calif. (AP) – A senior California health official says the state has no plans to impose new pandemic restrictions across the state, despite an increase in coronavirus cases.
The surge is primarily due to the new high-speed omicron variant. Health Secretary Mark Gally says growth in the most populous state is much slower than in previous waves and in other parts of the United States.
He defended California’s recent focus on encouraging people to get vaccinated and stimulated, wear a mask where necessary, and take other precautions to “make good, well-thought-out personal decisions to protect themselves.” He also saw no signs that local officials were planning to toughen their approach, despite an increase in cases.
California COVID-19 cases have increased, but no restrictions are planned