Marin County is experiencing a spurt in COVID-19 cases, the county’s public health official said Tuesday, but this mini-spike in infections is in contrast to the previous surge.
“It’s not the same thing in terms of threats to our community, especially with respect to serious illness, hospitalization and death,” Dr Matt Willis told the board of supervisors.
Willis said hospitalizations have remained fairly stable despite an increase in infections that began in mid-June in large part because of one in four and one in five cases involving people who were fully vaccinated. I went.
The rise in cases is due to the emergence of a new dominant strain of the virus, the delta variant, which is more contagious than the previous strain. This strain of the virus, which is becoming the dominant COVID-19 strain nationally and internationally, now accounts for about 80% of all COVID-19 cases in Marin.
Fortunately, so far vaccines have proven effective in providing protection against serious disease.
“We have 177 cases of people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 after a thorough vaccination,” Willis said. “Only three of them have been admitted to the hospital, and there have been no deaths.
“Nobody who has been vaccinated in Marin County has died of COVID-19,” Willis said. “All of our 185 deaths have been in people who were not vaccinated.”
Willis said, however, that most Marin residents who become infected in this new wave have not been vaccinated, and are vulnerable to serious illness and death. He said the case rate among non-vaccinated Marin residents is 12 per 100,000 residents, while the rate for vaccinated people is about 2.5 per 100,000 residents.
“Our increase in cases is really being driven by people who live without vaccination, which is remarkable in some ways given that just 8% of our eligible population has not received any vaccine,” he said. They said.
Currently, 92.4% of Marin residents 12 years of age or older have received at least one vaccine dose and 85% are fully vaccinated. Marin has a higher percentage of vaccinated residents than any other county in California.
“We are grateful to see that the majority of our population has demonstrated their understanding of the safety and efficacy of vaccines,” Willis said, “to protect both ourselves and our surrounding community.”
Of Marin’s 223,313 residents 12 years of age and older, only 17,000 have not received any vaccine. Still, a vocal group of residents who strongly oppose vaccines and masking recommendations is speaking out at recent Board of Supervisors meetings.
On Tuesday, Valerie Hood said “the global mass vaccination rollout on the world’s adults has now extended its hand into the arms of children with the devastating impact” and added that she believes immunization of youth “is an open one on children attack, which can “only be seen as a planned pesticide.”
Willis said that given the number of people who have been vaccinated for COVID-19 nationally, there have been very few side effects.
“The overwhelming story is the safety of vaccines,” he said.
Last week, Marin County joined with 11 other Bay Area counties to recommend that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear face coverings indoors in public places to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Hope businesses implement their own mask mandates as well.
On Tuesday, Willis said he is encouraging people to get tested if they develop cold symptoms regardless of their vaccine status and to avoid indoor gatherings where vaccinated and unvaccinated people mix.