Nassau County Emergency Management
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July 12, 2021
Elsa is gone, but the CoViD-19 Pandemic is resurging with multiple “variants of concern” circulating around the world.
As of July 6th, the very contagious SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant was causing CoViD-19 cases to soar in more than 100 countries.
The increase in infectivity means that any community with fewer than half of their residents fully vaccinated is very vulnerable to new outbreaks of CoViD-19.
Unvaccinated people infected with the Delta variant are four times more likely to require hospitalization than those infected with the original virus.
In Springfield, MO, where 39% of the population is vaccinated, the hospital is overwhelmed with new cases this week and trying to borrow ventilators.
In Nassau County, 82.8% of residents 65+ years old are fully vaccinated, but only 41.0% of our eligible population has been vaccinated and our transmission rate (see graphic – note that numbers do change daily!) is one of the highest in the state. (https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view)
The resurging pandemic has triggered countries around the world to extend or re-implement emergency declarations through the summer months. To help prevent the further spread of the Delta variant, Olympic Committee officials announced today that spectators will be prohibited.
Although no vaccine can be 100% protective in every person, the World Health Organization’s Chief Scientist says, “the good news is all of the emergency-use-listed CoViD-19 vaccines do protect against developing severe disease, hospitalization, and death from the known variants. So, if you’re vaccinated, you can get the infection, but the chances of getting seriously ill are very low; you will likely get very mild symptoms or no symptoms at all.”
CoViD-19 Vaccine is free and available at local pharmacies, Health Department clinics, and many physician’s offices. #GetVaccinated