Part of the problem, clearly, is the emergence of the more-virulent delta variant of the virus. The federal government announced this week that the variant, which was first detected in India, is now the most common variation of the virus in new infections. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that it is not uniformly spread around the country, however. It estimates that the region including California, Region 9, is seeing about 57 percent of new infections from the delta variant, compared with about 31 percent in Region 3, which includes D.C., Virginia and Maryland.

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