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Posted on: August 6, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Active COVID-19 Cases Rapidly Rising, Vaccines Still Available

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Within the past month, the number of active COVID cases in Bedford has risen from 28 (its lowest point, on July 13) to more than 236 (as reported by the Tarrant County Public Health Department). That’s more than a 700 percent increase. 

Even though 236 cases does not seem like a large amount, compared to our population of approximately 50,000 – it’s part of an alarming trend around the country due to the new Delta variant of COVID-19. 

𝗛𝗢𝗪 𝗜𝗦 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗗𝗘𝗟𝗧𝗔 𝗩𝗔𝗥𝗜𝗔𝗡𝗧 𝗗𝗜𝗙𝗙𝗘𝗥𝗘𝗡𝗧?

According to new data, the CDC is reporting the Delta variant is extremely contagious, similar to how easily chicken pox can spread. This means for each person that gets infected with the Delta variant, it is getting spread to approximately eight people.

𝗖𝗔𝗡 𝗜 𝗚𝗘𝗧 𝗜𝗧 𝗜𝗙 𝗜 𝗔𝗠 𝗩𝗔𝗖𝗖𝗜𝗡𝗔𝗧𝗘𝗗?

The CDC is also reporting breakthrough infections, meaning vaccinated people who contract the virus, are occasionally happening. Even though this can occur, vaccinated people’s symptoms are almost always mild and akin to having a cold (the original goal of the vaccines). 

In addition, the CDC has discovered that vaccinated people who get infected with the delta variant are carrying as much as the virus in their noses as unvaccinated people. This means, even if they are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms, vaccinated people are contributing, even though a very small amount, to the spread of the virus across the country. 

𝗦𝗛𝗢𝗨𝗟𝗗 𝗜 𝗦𝗧𝗜𝗟𝗟 𝗚𝗘𝗧 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗩𝗔𝗖𝗖𝗜𝗡𝗘?

The CDC data continues to show it’s still the unvaccinated folks who make up the vast majority of hospitalizations, infections, and transmissions. Officials say individual risk still depends upon your age and your immune system, which means the vaccine may not be as effective as for those with a comprised immune system as it is for a healthy person. This does not mean the vaccines don’t work, just are less effective for some than others, the CDC said.

The COVID-19 vaccine is still more than 90 percent effective against all forms of the virus in preventing serious illness, death, and infection. 

𝗪𝗛𝗘𝗥𝗘 𝗖𝗔𝗡 𝗜 𝗚𝗘𝗧 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗩𝗔𝗖𝗖𝗜𝗡𝗘?

If you are interested in getting a vaccine, there are many places in and around Bedford to receive one for free. Visit http://www.tarrantcounty.com/vaccinefinder to find the location that is most convenient to you. 

𝗪𝗛𝗔𝗧 𝗜𝗙 𝗜 𝗦𝗞𝗜𝗣𝗣𝗘𝗗 𝗠𝗬 𝗦𝗘𝗖𝗢𝗡𝗗 𝗗𝗢𝗦𝗘?

If you skipped your second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, officials say you are not getting maximum protection against the virus. Clinical trial data shows strong immune protection, even six months after vaccination. Health providers recommend getting a second dose, even if it is months after their first dose to boost their immunity.

Star-Telegram Article: https://www.star-telegram.com/news/coronavirus/article253220768.html

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