“What we are seeing now is the biggest jump in age range is 20 to 49 year olds. The average age of hospitalizations is 50 years old,” Logue said. Younger patients are now being seen more often with COVID-19. Logue says that at the beginning of the pandemic, there was a tremendous number of older individuals who came through to get vaccinated. The younger population, she says, has not seen that same drive to get vaccinated. The Delta variant has caused an increase in vaccinations at their sites. Logue says that the coverage of the Delta Variant has seemed to push more people to get vaccinated.
Ochsner says that they currently track vaccination status for their patients, thus they know that 90 percent of patients who have entered the hospital are not vaccinated. She says that there has been an over 400 percent increase in hospitalizations. So far, 50 patients in their system have been hospitalized with COVID-19. This includes an increase in ICU patients.
Statewide the percentage is 93 percent unvaccinated, while in the US, 97 percent of hospitalizations are of unvaccinated people. “Over the past two and a half weeks, we’ve seen a sharp upturn in hospitalizations,” Logue stated.
Louisiana does not test for the Delta variant so there is no exact number of patients known with the variant. Tests are sent to the CDC, which provides results indicating the percentage of Delta Variant in the state. Logue says that patients are presenting with similar symptoms as before with other surges of COVID-19. “They do very well,” Logue said. “We didn’t ever say it would be perfect that you would never get COVID again, but you wouldn’t be in the hospital and die.”
Dr. Logue says that those with the vaccine who come in with COVID are not as sick as unvaccinated patients. “We will do whatever we can to get them their vaccine,” she said.
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