Fresno, California 2021-07-30 20:36:54 –
“It’s much more contagious than the British variants,” said Karen Elliott, director of public health in Tulare County. “It’s affecting because we’re looking at the young population … they have more symptoms.”
According to California health officials, this variant is 60% more infectious than the Alpha or UK strains and many times more infectious than the original COVID-19 strain.
According to the CDC, vaccinated people infected with this variant can also be infected, and the same amount of virus can be present in the body as unvaccinated people.
“I’m curious about this new science,” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC.
In response to new developments, the CDC revised its mask recommendations earlier this week.
Agencies now say that everyone needs to wear a mask indoors in areas of substantial or high transmission.
As of Friday, this includes all counties in Central California.
“I know it’s difficult to retreat with masking,” Elliott said. “I know I couldn’t mask because people were vaccinated, but of course people under the age of 12 because of this delta variant and the unfortunately large population of Turea County that hasn’t been vaccinated yet. We want to protect and do it. What we have found is that masking is the best. “
The number of COVID patients admitted to the Kaware Health Medical Center has increased steadily in recent years, with the majority unvaccinated.
Last month, health officials in Tulare County said unvaccinated accounts for more than 88% of hospitalizations.
As of Friday, Kaware Health was treating 30 COVID patients compared to 4 about a month ago.
Kaweah Health CEO Gary Herbst says this is the highest number in a couple of months.
“When (we) hit 4, we started thinking it was okay, it would disappear, and in a few days we would hit zero,” Herbst said. “But it became a kind of plateau around that, and then slowly began to return.”
The hospital sends COVID-19 positive specimens to the Turrea County Public Health Institute.
Herbst states that 95% of these samples have been identified as Delta variants.
He said the spread of variants was one factor that the state considered when issuing new rules this week requiring healthcare workers to be vaccinated or to undergo regular COVID-19 testing. believe.
There are also concerns that hospital staff could plummet again, says Herbst.
“In December, there were 300 employees on COVID vacation when we burst at the seam, for a total of 170 patients,” Herbst said. “So I think all these factors are actually working, and I think the vaccine is so effective that we really need to put some energy into it.”
Public health officials in Turea County said last week there was a significant increase in vaccinations.
They say there is no shortage of shots.
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