(WFXR) — The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) reported a significant increase in the delta variant across the Commonwealth. It is the most common coronavirus variant in Virginia and is dominant nationwide.
The department states that 80 percent of infections that occurred during the week ending July 10 were caused by the delta variant. This is a 45 percent increase since the week of June 19. VDH says the delta variant is contributing to the surge of cases in Virginia. According to the VDH, the variant has been identified in all of Virginia’s five health regions.
“The delta variant is here in Virginia, and it is hitting our unvaccinated population especially hard,” said State Health Commissioner M. Norman Oliver, M.D, M.A. “We have a very effective tool to stop transmission of COVID-19: vaccination. There is no question that COVID-19 vaccination is saving lives and preventing and reducing illness. I urge everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Do it for your families, your friends, your neighbors, yourself, and join the millions of others who are protected.”
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that fully vaccinated people who are becoming infected are known as breakthrough infections. It happens in a small number of people who are fully vaccinated.
The CDC states that in preliminary evidence that those who become infected with the delta variant may be infectious and might spread the virus to others.
VDH recommends the following to prevent getting sick:
- wear a mask in indoor settings even if you are vaccinated,
- get fully vaccinated,
- stay at least six feet from others outside of your household,
- avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces,
- wash your hands often
- stay home if you are infected with COVID-19, and
- stay separate from others and get tested if you have had close contact with someone with COVID-19
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