California’s reopening in June followed by travel and the July 4 celebration revisits Bay Area’s downward COVID-19 case development.
“People have to anticipate that we will get more and more cases, I do not think anything catastrophic, but we see more people getting sick, being hospitalized and dying,” said infectious nurse Dr. Jon Swartzberg.
He said the only way to break the cycle is to get people vaccinated.
The CDC is monitoring the situation and putting the Bay Area on its list of growing hot spots.
The agency says cases in the region have increased by 85% within the last seven days. But we start with lowercase letters. So a big leap is not expected to overwhelm the healthcare system.
There are also some new vaccine mandates.
San Francisco now requires all health care professionals to take the shot by September 1
Stanford Health Care requires staff to be vaccinated by August 15th.
In a statement, we said: “We join a growing number of healthcare systems nationally in taking this urgent action, especially in the light of the new threat of highly contagious variants.”
Swartzberg says the mandates will save lives.
“We see hospitals pushing again that you should not be in a hospital as a healthcare professional if you are not vaccinated because you are at risk for yourself and sick people,” he said, adding that if the virus continues to spread, the highly contagious Delta variant will not be the only threat.
“If you produce billions of viral particles because you are infected and not immunized, some of those particles will become variants that will survive,” Swartzberg said.