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Local healthcare experts weigh in on growing delta variant concerns – Wichita, Kansas

Wichita, Kansas 2021-07-20 23:48:54 –

Wichita, Kansas (KSNW) — Concerns are rising as the COVID-19 Delta variant continues to spread throughout Kansas. So far, it has been found in 58 counties, or 55% of all Kansas counties.

Current KDHE data show 950 delta variants in just under a quarter from Sedgwick County. The CDC director states that delta variants account for 83% of all cases in the United States. This is a significant increase from 50% two weeks ago.

Both Ascension Via Christi and Wesley Medical Center state that the majority of patients admitted with COVID-19 are unvaccinated. Ascension Via Christi said that each and every COVID-19 patient currently in the ICU has not been vaccinated.

Dr. Chloestein Sure, ICU Medical Director of the Wesley Medical Center, said: “And the vaccine is actually still really good.”

As the delta variant continues to spread, the number of patients in regional hospitals is increasing. Adrian Burn, director of health at Sedgwick County, said: “The more likely the virus will spread, the more chances the virus will change, so it is very important that people be vaccinated.

Even if vaccination in Sedgwick County is stalled, Burn says he doesn’t expect the masking guidelines to change anytime soon. “It’s not that you don’t need a mask. We recommend that anyone who isn’t vaccinated wear a mask, but we know that many haven’t happened,” Brin said. Told.

For Dr. Steinshouer, the reason for continuing to use the mask is personal. “I have two children under the age of 12, which is one of the reasons we are particularly obsessed with wearing masks, in public,” she said.

But that’s also because she was at the forefront of this pandemic for 18 months. “Especially for us in the ICU, it’s really hard to see people dying from something or suffering misery from something that can be reasonably prevented at this time,” says Dr. Steinsure. I did.

Increasing cases of delta variants are not limited to populated areas such as Sedgwick County.
For the past few months, the Hayes Medical Center has only seen one or two COVID-19 hospitalizations at a time. However, in the last two weeks, these numbers have skyrocketed and six inpatient COVID-19 patients are currently being treated.

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