Eastland County COVID-19 Update, July 27, 2021

As of Jul 27, 2021 there are 15 active COVID-19 cases in Eastland County. This does not include any positive tests done in nursing homes or out of the county. These are cases that presented to Eastland Memorial Hospital.

The admission of COVID cases to hospitals across the country is overwhelmingly in the non-vaccinated population.

Unvaccinated individuals now account for the vast majority of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths in the U.S., according to available data – HealthFeedback.org

For unvaccinated, coronavirus is soaring again – The Washington Post

It is clearly evident that the vaccine is keeping individuals from contracting the virus to extent of needing hospitalizations.  This is a remarkably safe and effective vaccine. Certainly, we have all know those who became ill after taking the vaccine. This is not new to viral vaccines.  We have seen that some who have been vaccinated can still contract the virus and exhibit mild symptoms.  They are, however, not overwhelming needing hospitalizations.

There are so many downsides to not taking the vaccine:

  1.  Continuing the spread of the virus to children and vulnerable populations
  2.  The risk of another surge in cases that would require businesses to shut down, individuals to lose jobs, and children not able to attend school in person
  3.  Each hospitalization taxes the health care system and healthcare workers, not including the overwhelming cost of caring for critically ill individuals.

Choosing to take the vaccine is not just a right, but a privilege.  We must all do our part to slow this virus down. The vaccine is the easiest and most efficient way to make that happen.

Please get vaccinated.

Dr. Robert DeLuca    Eastland County Health Officer.