“These increases continue to be driven by the emergence of the Delta variant, which is 60% morecontagious than previous variants. Viral sequencing has identified the Delta variant as thedominant community strain in Shawnee County, making up nearly three-quarters of allsequenced COVID-19 specimens since June 1. Early infection with the Delta variant hasfrequently been mistaken for allergies or a “common cold” before more significant symptomsdevelop later in the illness.” “The last time both cases and percent positivity were this high was in mid-February,” Public Health noted. Shawnee County Health Department
From July 11 through July 17 weekly cases climbed to 178 positive cases. Shawnee County Health Department
Lyon County sees county’s first death from Delta variant “Over the last four weeks the weekly case incidence has nearly quadrupled while percent positivity and hospitalizations have tripled locally. With these increases the Community Indicator has risen to the Substantial summary index for the first time since the week of February 14, 2021.”
“In a majority of these instances the initial source of the COVID-19 outbreak has been an unvaccinated individual bringing the virus into the facility,” SCHD said. SCHD is advising people in groups to wear masks to protect children and unvaccinated adults. The SCHD has seen outbreaks in a variety of congregate settings, including long-term facilities, group living, camps and correctional facilities.
The vast majority of cases and hospitalizations in Shawnee County continue to be inunvaccinated individuals. ‘I’m sorry, but it’s too late’: Doctor says dying COVID patients ask for vaccine before intubation
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