Hospitals throughout the state are filling up, cities are reviving restrictions and well being officers are all however begging Georgians to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
The brand new Delta variant of the coronavirus is spreading like wildlife.
“COVID-19 case charges are nonetheless climbing quickly within the Coastal Well being District, and now all eight of our counties are experiencing excessive ranges of transmission,” Ginger Heidel, threat communicator for the district, wrote within the well being division’s publication this week.
Glynn, Camden and McIntosh are three of the eight counties within the coastal district.
“Camden County’s COVID-19 transmission fee is increased now than it has been throughout any earlier level within the pandemic — even increased than the post-holiday surge in January,” Heidel wrote.
Southeast Georgia Well being System reported 60 new circumstances of the coronavirus from Thursday to Friday, the newest figures out there. Thirty-seven of these circumstances surfaced in Camden, 24 in Glynn and two in McIntosh.
As of Friday, the well being system’s hospital in Brunswick was treating 49 circumstances and its sister facility in St. Marys 13 circumstances. Not all circumstances require hospitalization.
Different hospitals throughout the state are reporting comparable figures. Just a few are overwhelmed and are having to ship COVID-19 sufferers to services in neighboring counties.
“Nationwide, COVID-19 circumstances have elevated over 300% in only one month, from mid-June to mid-July,” Heidel stated within the publication. “Well being specialists imagine this newest surge is pushed primarily by the Delta variant of the virus that causes COVID-19.
“The rising proof concerning the Delta variant exhibits that it’s rather more contagious than earlier strains. That is partly as a result of individuals contaminated with Delta have increased viral hundreds — that means extra virus of their physique — than with earlier variants.”
As of now, the overwhelming majority of transmission seems to be occurring between unvaccinated people, she stated.
“Nonetheless, Delta is inflicting some ‘vaccine breakthrough infections,’ that means infections in absolutely vaccinated individuals,” she famous within the publication.
It’s one of many the reason why the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention is urging individuals to as soon as once more put on masks when out in public.
“New research recommend that some vaccinated individuals will be contagious in the event that they get Delta and will transmit the virus to others,” she stated within the weekly report. “That’s why in areas of excessive transmission just like the Coastal Well being District, the CDC recommends that every one individuals — together with the vaccinated — put on a masks in public indoor settings to stop unfold and defend themselves and others.
“In case you are vaccinated, the excellent news is that the majority breakthrough infections are gentle. Vaccines are working as they need to — they’re stopping extreme sickness, hospitalizations, and loss of life in those that are absolutely vaccinated.”
Then there’s the flip aspect.
“The dangerous information for all of us is that variants are anticipated so long as transmission continues, which implies we’re in a race towards time to extend vaccination protection,” Heidel wrote. “Excessive vaccination protection will cut back unfold of the virus and assist stop new variants from rising. Vaccination is the easiest way to guard you, your loved ones and your neighborhood.”
The vaccination fee in Glynn as of Friday was 39.9%. In Camden it was 28.5 p.c.
Brunswick is among the many cities in Georgia taking motion within the wake of the brand new surge. It has joined Atlanta and Savannah in requiring masks when inside public buildings within the metropolis.
So far, well being officers attribute 161 deaths in Glynn County, 36 in Camden County and 14 in McIntosh County to COVID-19 because the pandemic started in 2020. The totals are a part of the 843 COVID-19-related deaths reported all through the district’s eight counties, which incorporates the extra populated Chatham County. The toll is 1.9% of 45,446 confirmed circumstances.
Statewide, the casualty whole is 18,711, 2% of the 932,145 circumstances reported in all of Georgia’s 159 counties.
As of Friday, the nationwide COVID-19 loss of life toll stood at 610,873 deaths, or about 1.eight p.c of 34,926,462 documented circumstances.
COVID-19 exams can be found at native well being departments. To schedule an appointment, name 912-230-9744.
A cell vaccination clinic might be in Camden County from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at St. Marys First Presbyterian Church, 100 Conyers St. West, St. Marys.