California positivity rate reaches 3% as Delta variant spreads among unvaccinated people – CBS San Francisco
SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) – The battle against COVID-19 escalates again as the Delta variant causes outbreaks across the country among the unvaccinated, and more groundbreaking cases are reported among those who have received their vaccines.
Despite the resurgence of the virus, especially among unvaccinated populations, doctors and experts continue to reassure the public that the risk of infection is much lower for those who are vaccinated.
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“Ninety-nine percent of all cases in the United States right now, certainly hospitalizations and deaths, are unvaccinated people,” said Dr. Bonnie Maldonado of the Stanford School of Medicine.
The California Department of Public Health released new figures on Wednesday that show the state’s seven-day positivity rate at 3%; much higher than at the same period last month when it stood at 0.8%.
New cases in almost all states have increased by at least 10%.
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“I was like, ‘What are the odds? “And I was tested just in case,” said Ammon Van Orden.
The California resident is among the country’s rare breakthrough cases. Van Orden said he was vaccinated in January and experienced cold-like symptoms this week. He tested positive for COVID-19.
“It sucks when you say to yourself, ‘Well, I thought I was safe,’ and not so much, ‘Van Orden said.
From January to April of this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 10,262 in 46 states. The agency stopped following revolutionary cases after April. However, more and more vaccinated people have posted on social media in recent weeks the idea of being infected with the virus.
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There is pressure, especially among young adults, to get vaccinated. Actress, singer and songwriter Olivia Rodrigo visited the White House on Wednesday to encourage vaccination among young people.
A recently published study from the University of California, San Francisco, which interviewed adults between the ages of 18 and 25 in March, found that one in four said they likely or certainly would not receive the vaccine despite the demographics deemed more likely to spread the virus than any other age group.
“Young adults are a very important population to get vaccinated,” UCSF Asst said. Professor of Pediatrics Jason Nagata. “I think a lot of the mental illnesses that we’ve seen at UCSF, we’ve seen a doubling of hospitalizations for suicides and eating disorders, all of that is, I think, probably directly related to social isolation. So I think getting vaccinated will allow young people to socialize more normally again. “
Van Orden said he believed the vaccine helped prevent serious illness and caused him milder cold-like symptoms.
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The CDC has made it clear that breakthrough cases are expected because no vaccine is 100% effective.
But Van Orden is now missing his family reunion this week and next, and his two children must also self-quarantine for two weeks in case they are infected with COVID-19.
He said he was happy, however, he caught it before he could pass the virus on to those close to him.
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“We had put this off, this family reunion for a year because of COVID last year, and I just had to tell them all that I couldn’t do it this year, which is a real bummer,” said Van Orden.