COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to climb in Virginia as doctors keep urging public to get vaccinated


BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR)– According to health officials, COVID-19 cases are rising in Virginia. The Virginia Hospitals and Healthcare Association says, as of Tuesday, 365 people are in the hospital due to COVID-19.

Dr. Baffoe-Bonnie, Carilion Clinic Infectious Diseases expert, says the majority of their patients are not vaccinated and their biggest concern is that there will be a continuous uptick in hospitalizations if people do not vaccinate.

“We are seeing an uptick in the delta strain. The individuals we are seeing in our hospitals likely have the delta strain,” said Dr. Baffoe-Bonnie.

As of Tuesday, July 27, Carilion Clinic in Roanoke has more than 20 patients hospitalized because of the virus. Just a few weeks ago, the hospital saw two to three patients. Nearly 90 percent of those patients are unvaccinated.

According to Dr. Baffoe-Bonnie, in order to protect ourselves and loved ones around us, we need to get vaccinated. He added, that with the Delta variant, once a person gets infected, the virus is about 1,000 times more in a person’s airways than it would be with older variants.

In the Commonwealth and in southwest Virginia, hospitals are also seeing patients ranging from seniors to young adults. Dr. Baffoe-Bonnie says that a common thread is the fear of the unknown with vaccines.

“People either saw something on social media. Maybe that the vaccine will turn them into a robot, or let them have an antenna. They’ve had misinformation,” said Dr. Baffoe Bonnie.

He also pointed out that the COVID-19 hospitalizations that we are seeing now, are equivalent to cases Virginia saw in late May.

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