Delta mutations of COVID-19 continue to strengthen its control in the United States, including Minnesota, where more cases of genome sequencing are identified as mutations that cause major health crises in under-vaccinated countries.
Nationwide, the Delta variant is causing an explosive increase in the number of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in the United States. The New York Times reported that it now accounts for 83% of all analyzed cases, up from 52% two weeks ago.
As of July 19, the number of cases nationwide has increased from more than 12,000 a day two weeks ago to more than 35,000 a day. The number of hospitalizations increased by 45%, and the number of deaths increased by 75%, reaching more than 320 people per day.
Although it is a far cry from the nauseating total of thousands of Americans dying every day from November to January, it is heading in the wrong direction, mainly affecting the country’s unvaccinated population.
Minnesota Department of Health spokesperson Scott Smith said that since mid-June, 57% of cases sequenced in Minnesota have been Delta variants, and since July 1, this proportion has increased to more than 75%.
Smith pointed out that the health department has identified a total of 268 Delta cases in Minnesota, of which 12% resulted in hospitalization and 2% died. Of those confirmed Delta cases who were hospitalized or died, “the vast majority” were not vaccinated.
“We can confidently say that the vast majority of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths occurring in MN are in unvaccinated people,” said Smith.
According to the Los Angeles Times, there were 10,000 new COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County in the past week, 99% of which were unvaccinated people. In addition, the report stated that all people hospitalized with COVID in Los Angeles public hospitals were not vaccinated.
This seems to be a general trend across the country. Those who are most at risk of infection, serious illness, and potential death are those who have not been vaccinated. Where the vaccination rate is low, the possibility of an outbreak is greater.
There are few “breakthrough” cases in Minnesota, where people who are fully vaccinated test positive. (This means that at least 14 days after you get the second shot from Pfizer or Moderna or Johnson’s single vaccination.)
Smith said, “99.9 percent of those vaccinated in MN have not developed COVID-19 based on our breakthrough data.”
According to data from the health department, 53.3% of Minnesota people have been fully vaccinated. This number rose to 64.9% of the population over 16 in Minnesota and 89.3% of the population over 65 in the state.
American surgeon Dr. Vivek Murthy urged Americans to get vaccinated, if not for themselves, for healthcare workers who need protection from burnout and children who are not yet eligible for the protection provided by the vaccine. He said that wearing masks in high-risk areas of transmission is “the right thing to do.” Murthy, the father of two children aged 3 and 4, said that he took this precautionary measure because “I want to take every possible measure to protect my child.”