Monday, September 27, 2021

County Urges Vaccinations as COVID-19 Cases Spike Significantly (video)

The County will report 1,264 new cases this afternoon, the highest number since February 5, 2021. Of the 6,572 San Diegans testing positive in the 30 days between June 21 and July 20, 11 percent were fully vaccinated, while 89 percent were not.

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Edited July 26, 2020 with Brad Willis’ video interview with Sharp Coronado Hospital CEO Dr. Susan Stone:


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The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency is seeing a significant spike in new COVID-19 cases. The County will report 1,264 new cases this afternoon, the highest number since February 5, 2021.

The increase in cases is not a single-day phenomenon, but part of a larger trend in recent weeks. In the 30 days between June 21 and July 20, 6,572 San Diegans tested positive for COVID-19. Of that group, 11 percent were fully vaccinated, while 89 percent were not.

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Community outbreaks, hospitalizations and ICU admissions are also up dramatically. The County will post an additional two community outbreaks today, bringing the total number of outbreaks in the last seven days to 25. One month ago, on June 23, only five community outbreaks were reported.

Statistics by Zip Code and city of residence are provided by the county each Wednesday. Data: County of San Diego

Higher Risk for Unvaccinated

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A total of 98 percent of hospitalizations in the last 30 days are in individuals who are not vaccinated or have not completed the full series of the two-dose vaccine.

Close to 150,000 San Diegans are only partially vaccinated and overdue for their second shot. The County is working with medical providers to help them remind patients and is also using the San Diego Immunization Registry to develop follow-up reminders for those who are behind schedule.“In the last few weeks, individuals who were not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 were seven times more likely to contract the virus,” said Seema Shah, M.D., medical director of HHSA’s Epidemiology and Immunization Services branch. “The more infectious Delta variant is on its way to becoming the dominant strain among San Diego County residents and a single dose of the vaccine is only about 30 percent effective in protecting people from getting sick.”

“The vaccines are effective in preventing severe illness or death from COVID-19,” said Wilma J. Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “If you have not gotten vaccinated, the time to get vaccinated is now. If you are late for your second dose, the time to get that second shot is now.”

San Diego County Vice Chair Nora Vargas offered the following statement: “Now more than ever, I am committed to ensuring that everyone who wants a vaccine has access to one. Vaccination locations are fully operational and accessible. If you have already received the vaccine, please encourage your friends and family members who are not vaccinated to get the vaccine as soon as possible, as the recent surge in COVID cases in San Diego County is directly connected to those who are unvaccinated. The vaccine is available at no cost, is effective, and will help protect you and your loved ones.”

To facilitate access to COVID-19 vaccines, the County is now operating the Great Eight, a collection of geographically distributed no-cost vaccination sites that allow people to choose any one of the three vaccines available in the United States, Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson. For a list of locations and more information, visit www.coronavirus-sd.com/vaccine.

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Originally from upstate New York, Dani Schwartz has lived in Coronado since 1996. She is thrilled to call Coronado home and raise her two children here. In her free time enjoys hitting the gym, reading, and walking her dog around the “island.” Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to: manager@coronadotimes.com
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