• COVID

    COVID continues to mutate and spread.  Lack of community vaccination and mask usage is contributing to spread.  Please consider getting vaccinated if you have not and are able and wearing a mask.  Studies are finding that masks are beneficial in close conditions, even for those who have been vaccinated.  If you are not feeling well or have any symptoms, isolate yourself and consider getting tested, especially if you have been exposed.

    Vaccinations are approved by the CDC for everyone ages 12 and up.  The risks associated with the vaccine are much less than risks associated with the virus.

     

    Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Guidelines

    Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People

    Updated July 28, 2021

    Summary of Recent Changes

    • Updated information for fully vaccinated people given new evidence on the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant currently circulating in the United States.
    • Added a recommendation for fully vaccinated people to wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission.
    • Added information that fully vaccinated people might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission, particularly if they are immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease from COVID-19, or if they have someone in their household who is immunocompromised, at increased risk of severe disease or not fully vaccinated.
    • Added a recommendation for fully vaccinated people who have a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 to be tested 3-5 days after exposure, and to wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.
    • CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status.

    Breakthrough COVID infections show ‘the unvaccinated are now putting the vaccinated at risk’

    Breakthrough COVID infections show ‘the unvaccinated are now putting the vaccinated at risk’

    ...Even with delta, almost everyone who dies from COVID-19 — 99.5 percent of known cases — are unvaccinated people, along with 97 percent of people hospitalized for the illness. That suggests that the vaccines are still highly effective, said U.S. Surgeon General and Dr. Vivek Murthy during a recent press briefing....

    CDC: COVID-19 Is a 'Pandemic of the Unvaccinated'

    CDC: COVID-19 Is a 'Pandemic of the Unvaccinated'

    July 16, 2021 -- COVID-19 cases are continuing to spike in communities where vaccination rates are low, leading to what CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, called “a pandemic of the unvaccinated.”

    Walensky reported sobering numbers during a news conference Friday: The most recent 7-day average of new COVID-19 cases was more than 26,300, up 70% from the previous week. The average of daily deaths is now 211 – an increase of 26%.

    “There is a clear message that's coming through: This is becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” Walensky said. “We are seeing outbreaks in parts of the country where we're seeing low vaccination coverage.”....