Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-07-14 19:49:03 –
Lexington, Kentucky (LEX 18) — A committee of medical experts at the University of Kentucky has responded to health authorities across the country to encourage people to be vaccinated and protect themselves from highly infectious delta mutants. ..
Dr. Ashley Montgomery-Yates, Chief Medical Officer for Inpatient and Emergency Services at UK HealthCare, said:
According to state data, there are more than 20 counties where less than 30% of the population is fully vaccinated.
According to state data, Fayette County is one of the highest vaccinated counties, with 63% of people in the county receiving at least one vaccination.
However, Dr. Montgomery Yates said 11 of the 13 COVID-19 patients in the UK hospital were not vaccinated.
“Go get vaccinated,” she said.
Dr. Montgomery Yates and others on the panel have shown that currently available vaccines have proven effective in preventing hospitalization and death and appear to work well against delta mutants. I emphasized.
Meanwhile, hospitalizations and deaths are on the rise in states such as Arkansas and Missouri. In Arkansas, 35% of people in the state are fully vaccinated and 43% are vaccinated at least once. In Missouri, 40% of people in the state are fully vaccinated and 46% are vaccinated at least once.
In Kentucky, 44% of people in the state are fully vaccinated and 50% are vaccinated at least once.
“It’s only a matter of time before unvaccinated people in Kentucky begin to see the effects of Delta, as in Arkansas and Missouri,” said Dr. Vince Venditte, an assistant professor of pharmacy at the University of the United Kingdom. .. Pharmacy forecast.
Dr. Venditte said less than 30 cases of delta mutations have been identified in Kentucky, but the actual numbers are almost certainly much higher.
“The problem is that when patients come to the hospital, they aren’t sequencing all the positive cases to determine the mutations they have,” he said. “They only know that they are ill and need treatment, and treatment has little to do with what variants they have.”
Even in Lexington, which has a relatively high vaccination rate, the number of cases of COVID-19 is increasing.
The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department reported 53 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. This represents the maximum number of cases in a day for almost three months.
When asked if the epidemic of the Delta variant was responsible for this surge, department spokesman Kevin Hall suggested that there was no concrete answer, citing the need to sequence the virus. Did.
He added to the statement:
“Delta variants are becoming more common nationwide and are recognized in Lexington. They are more contagious than other recognized types of COVID-19 and are rapidly gaining a predominance in the community. You have to assume. “