Panama City, FL –
JACKSON COUNTY, FL (WMBB) – COVID-19 cases are starting to increase as the delta variant spreads.
Diagnosed cases of COVID-19 are up 72% from last month. Jackson County is currently considered a hotspot.
Medical professionals and Commissioner Eric Hill said they started noticing the peak in COVID-19 cases in Jackson County after July 4.
“From July 2-8, we had an increase of about 9.3 percent,” Hill said.
Now the county is a hotspot for the virus.
Kaye Robinson, who works at the Jackson County Hospital, said it was not surprising.
“This is what we were in July of last year. We were a hotspot for the state, ”said Robinson.
She said only 36% of people in Jackson County are vaccinated.
“The majority of hospital patients have actually not been vaccinated,” said Robinson. “We had one fully vaccinated, one partially vaccinated and not everyone was vaccinated. “
Young people are in the lead so as not to be vaccinated. Robinson last week said a 20-year-old was hospitalized for several days with the virus.
“Young people in general feel invincible and won’t get anything. They don’t realize that what they receive, whether they are sick or not, can be passed on to other people who are not as healthy and it affects them, Robinson said.
She said Jackson County is in 17 of 62 counties for COVID-19 vaccinations.
Dr Joseph Gay of Chipola Medical Associates in Jackson County intends to attract more people to get vaccinated.
Plans include face-to-face meetings, speeches in schools, churches, clubs, and communication via social media.
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