County Warns Unvaccinated are at Highest Risk of Contracting Delta COVID Variant

Posted July 23, 2021 at 5:30 am by

Delta Variant is 225% More Infectious, Says County

From San Juan County

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In the past week, total cas­es in San Juan Coun­ty have increased from 191 to 195. Each of the recent cas­es is a break­through case, mean­ing the infect­ed per­son is ful­ly vaccinated.

There are eight close con­tacts of pos­i­tive cas­es. Five are cur­rent­ly in quar­an­tine in San Juan Coun­ty. There is one con­firmed pos­i­tive case under active sur­veil­lance in San Juan Coun­ty at this time.

San Juan 
There is one new case on San Juan Island since the last update. This is a break­through case and appears to be due to expo­sure from a con­firmed pos­i­tive off-island con­tact. There are no con­firmed pos­i­tive cas­es under active mon­i­tor­ing on San Juan Island at this time.

Lopez 
There is one new case on Lopez Island since the last update. This is a break­through case and appears to be due to expo­sure from a con­firmed pos­i­tive off-island con­tact. There are no con­firmed pos­i­tive cas­es under active mon­i­tor­ing on Lopez Island at this time.

Orcas 
There are two new cas­es on Orcas Island since the last update. These are break­through cas­es. One case appears to be due to expo­sure from a con­firmed pos­i­tive off-island con­tact, and the oth­er from an unknown source. There is one con­firmed pos­i­tive case under active mon­i­tor­ing on Orcas Island at this time.

Vac­ci­na­tions Reduce COVID Risks
Being vac­ci­nat­ed is still the best pro­tec­tion against COVID-19. Vac­cines have been proven to reduce seri­ous side effects, like hos­pi­tal­iza­tion and death.

Although cas­es are on the rise for vac­ci­nat­ed peo­ple, more than 97% of peo­ple hos­pi­tal­ized for COVID-19 are unvac­ci­nat­ed. If you are not yet vac­ci­nat­ed, please do so as soon as pos­si­ble. Vac­cines pro­vide the best defense against all strains of COVID from gain­ing a foothold in our com­mu­ni­ty. Go to www.sanjuanco.com/1737/COVID-Vaccine-Info for infor­ma­tion on COVID vac­cine providers in San Juan County.

The increase in break­through cas­es around the coun­try, and now local­ly, is not unexpected.

The Deltas­train of the virus is spread­ing expo­nen­tial­ly in areas where COVID vac­ci­na­tion rates are low. With eased restric­tions around trav­el, mask wear­ing and social dis­tanc­ing, it is sus­pect­ed the Delta vari­ant is the cause of these break­throughs. This is sig­nif­i­cant since the Delta vari­ant is 225% more infec­tious and appears to cause more seri­ous symp­toms, par­tic­u­lar­ly in unvac­ci­nat­ed people.

State and local health offi­cials are close­ly mon­i­tor­ing this trend in cas­es and the appro­pri­ate rec­om­men­da­tions to ensure the safe­ty of the com­mu­ni­ty. Until more is known, every­one is encour­aged to exer­cise more cau­tion: lim­it trav­el, lim­it social­iz­ing, mask up in crowd­ed areas and get vaccinated.

San Juan Coun­ty has returned to week­ly case updates as this break­through sit­u­a­tion devel­ops and until
case trends decrease.

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