Larimer County Is (Once Again) Warning You About the Delta Variant Spreading
If you're like me, a non-healthcare worker, you may not have thought much about COVID-19 lately (which is a privilege, I know). But the delta variant is spreading in Larimer County, and that's causing concern for hospitalizations, CBS4 Denver reported.
Larimer County Population Epidemiologist Jared Olson told CBS4 that at the end of this week, COVID-19 cases more than doubled, spiking from 22 to 50 cases per 100,000 people. While that is a low number, Olson said that most cases are in those who haven't gotten the single shot vaccine, or received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
While you can still get the delta variant when fully vaccinated, it's likely that symptoms would be mild, and it's pretty unlikely that you'd require hospitalization. But, now that things have reopened and our social lives have ramped back up, having to quarantine is something most of us really do not want to even think about now.
Earlier this year, Larimer County set a goal to have at least 65 percent of eligible residents vaccinated. On July 2, the county reported that 68 percent of residents over 16 years old had gotten at least one dose. However, Olson told CBS4 that over 40 percent of the county is still unvaccinated.
Larimer County Health Department shared that since March of this year, over 97 percent of cases of the virus were in those who weren't fully vaccinated. Last week, the Health Department said, 'While no vaccine is 100 percent effective, it's clear that those who are unvaccinated are currently bearing the brunt of the pandemic in Larimer County.'