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Vashon COVID Update Delta Wave of COVID Has Taken Hold on Vashon Vaccination Has Been Working

Aug 9

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Vashon COVID Update:

Delta Wave of COVID Has Taken Hold on Vashon --

Vaccination Has Been Working

This is a COVID Update from Vashon Medical Reserve Corps and VashonBePrepared.

Vashon COVID cases have jumped significantly over the last six weeks. After staying flat at 121 cases through June, Vashon's total pandemic case count has jumped to 138. Cases on Vashon have been increasing at the rate of about one per day. Roughly one-fifth of the cases are in kids, 11 years and younger, who are not yet eligible for vaccination. With the Delta variant being dominant, in this wave, kids are much more likely to display symptoms than before.

Fortunately, vaccination has been working and we have not had a massive spike on Vashon like the one experienced in November and December before vaccination was available. Vashon has not had a new hospitalization since January. Vaccinated individuals who become ill generally have mild symptoms as predicted by the vaccine clinical trials and they continue to be protected against death or hospitalization.

However, given the surge of Delta cases nationwide, it's important to understand that recent studies show that vaccinated persons can transmit the virus to others. The Delta variant is also more infectious. These findings reflect the much larger amount of virus that people infected with Delta carry in their nose and is also consistent with recent experience that suggests Delta requires a reduced exposure time for infection if you're around someone who is infectious. That's why it is doubly important now to avoid infection, so it doesn't spread and possibly breed new variants.

The best defense to avoid getting sick is to get vaccinated.  Even though vaccine doesn't prevent all disease, it’s a fact that full vaccination greatly reduces chances of infection and reduces symptoms if you are infected. On Vashon 83% of our 12 and older residents are fully vaccinated and 93% have received at least one dose of vaccine. Nevertheless, about half of the recent cases are fully vaccinated individuals. So many people on Vashon are vaccinated, it increases the odds that relatively rare cases of COVID in the vaccinated would be concentrated on the island.

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study concluded that completing both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines significantly increases protection against severe disease, from 82% for one dose to 94% for 2 doses.  If you’ve received your first dose, but delayed the second, get your second dose without delay. In this uncertain time, you can keep yourself, your family and the Vashon community safe by getting vaccinated to reduce COVID risk.

Masks are key tools to prevent spread for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people. Washington Department of Health and Public Health -- Seattle & King County strongly recommend all persons wear masks in public indoor spaces. This applies to all persons vaccinated and non-vaccinated. Please respect requests of local businesses or organizations for masks or vaccinations to help protect our community.

If you have symptoms or believe you were exposed to someone with COVID, call Vashon’s Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), at (844) 469-4554 to get an assessment of your risk and to facilitate testing. For more information on COVID testing and other COVID matters go to: VashonBePrepared.org/COVID/Testing

Actualización de COVID en Vashon

La variable Delta, ha tomado control de la isla

Las vacunas están funcionado

Este es un mensaje de actualización sobre COVID del Cuerpo de Reservas Médicas y VashonBePrepared.

Como escucharon antes, el número de casos de COVID en la isla ha aumentado de una manera muy significativa en las últimas 6 semanas después de no haber tenido ningún caso desde principios de junio, donde teníamos 121 casos y ahora tenemos 138. Los casos en Vashon han ido aumentado a un ritmo de 1 caso por día. Aproximadamente 1/5 de los casos o 20% han sido en chicos de 11 años para abajo, que actualmente no califican para vacunarse, indicando que los de 12 para arriba que no se han vacunado, están a alto riesgo de contagiarse. Con la variante Delta tan predominante en esta ola, es más probable que los niños presenten síntomas en comparación con la infección por las otras variantes.

Afortunadamente la vacuna ha funcionado muy bien y no hemos tenido un número tan alto de casos como en noviembre y diciembre del año pasado, antes de que nos llegara la vacuna. No hemos tenido ninguna hospitalización desde enero y los individuos ya vacunados que se han infectado o enfermado, han presentado cuadros muy leves como lo habían predicho los estudios de seguimiento después de la vacuna, porque la vacuna nos protege de una enfermedad seria y de estar hospitalizados.  Pero, dada la alta prevalencia de la variante Delta en todo el país, es importante entender que los estudios más recientes muestran que las personas vacunadas que se infectan pueden transmitir el virus a otras personas.

Como les he mencionado anteriormente, la variante Delta es más infecciosa. Estos hallazgos reflejan que las personas infectadas tienen una mayor concentración del virus en sus vías respiratorias, y esto es consistente con la idea de que el tiempo de exposición que se necesita alrededor de una persona infectada, es mucho menor. Esta es la razón por la que hay que evitar a toda costa el infectarnos, para no propagar la infección y posiblemente generar nuevos cambios en el virus. Recuerden que mientras más se alarga el tener tantos casos, más oportunidades le damos al virus para que cambie de nuevo.

La mejor defensa para evitar la enfermedad es VACUNARSE. Porque, aunque la vacuna en muchos casos no previene un cuadro leve, si reduce enormemente la posibilidad de un cuadro serio. En Vashon el 83% de los residentes de 12 años para arriba están completamente vacunados y el 93% ha recibido por lo menos una dosis.  Sin embargo, la mitad de los casos que hemos tenido en los últimos días, han sido en gente ya vacunada y esto es porque un muy alto porcentaje de la población está ya vacunada.

Un estudio del CDC concluyó que el ponerse las dos dosis de las vacunas de Pfizer y Moderna aumenta la protección contra un cuadro infeccioso grave, del 82% al 94%, un aumento muy significativo. Si usted ya recibió su primera dosis, pero por alguna razón no se ha puesto la segunda, por favor hágalo cuanto antes. En estos tiempos tan inciertos, la mejor forma de protegerse usted, a su familia, amigos y a la comunidad, es vacunándose.

A estas alturas no queda la menor duda de que el uso de cubrebocas es la mejor herramienta para prevenir la dispersión del virus en vacunados y no vacunados. El Departamento de Salud y Salud Pública – de Seattle y el condado King, recomiendan encarecidamente que todas las personas usen cubrebocas en lugares interiores, vacunados y no vacunados. También les pedimos que por favor respeten las reglas que cada uno de los negocios y organizaciones pongan en la isla para proteger a sus trabajadores y al resto de la comunidad. 

Por último, si alguno de ustedes tiene síntomas o cree que ha estado expuesto a alguien con COVID, por favor llamen al Cuerpo de Reservas Médicas al (844) 469-4554 para que podamos asesorar su riesgo y facilitar el hacer una prueba.

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Re: What to do if you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 or are worried that you may have COVID-19
No on ventilators. They require a paramedic to insert the tubes and at that point should be off island in a proper care facility. Low flow oxygen is easily available, but those needing it only for COVID should also be in a proper care facility.
Re: What to do if you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 or are worried that you may have COVID-19
The large national company, Lab Corp, announced that they can do testing as of last Friday. I believe they are used by both clinics on the island. Local clinicians just do a nasal swab as I understand it and then send those in for testing. The test kits reside at the laboratory.

In addition other test facilities exist, but are unlikely to be used directly by island providers. Contact their websites and offices before you go in with any respiratory issues. Their information is likely to change frequently until more is known about the virus.

I don't know about ventilators, but will ask. Thanks for your comment!
Re: What to do if you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 or are worried that you may have COVID-19
Will Vashon be getting testing kits soon in the hands of all doctors and first responders on island? Can the Gates Foundation help in this regard? Can we get the Neighborcare Clinic better prepared in this regard?

How many ventilators are on island? This is where critical shortages seem imminent.

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