Doctors: ‘Surprised and disappointed’

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In a recent article, CNN Health’s Travis Caldwell writes that as the reports of daily cases with more contagious Delta variants are rising, healthcare workers are experiencing similar influx of patients like last summer but more younger people this time around.

According to US Health and Human Services Department (HHS) data, Georgia is reportedly seeing its highest number of hospitalizations since the start of the pandemic, matching peaks experienced in January.

The emergency department is full and the hospital is full. Anytime a patient is discharged, we have patients waiting on those beds.

Dr. James Black, director of emergency services at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, Georgia (source: CNN)

Dr. Black told CNN “We were frustrated, a little bit bewildered, especially given what we’ve been through at the onset of the pandemic. Georgia trails the national average in vaccination rates”.

“We were a little bit kind of surprised and disappointed at the lack of turnout. So, you know, we’ve had to redouble our efforts and pick each other up and certainly, we had hoped to not be having the same discussion 18 months into it. But here we are, seemingly in worse shape overall than we were initially.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) reportedly told CNN “We are perilously close…of having, in certain areas of the country getting so close to having full occupancy, that you’re going to be in a situation where you’re going to have to make some very tough choice”.

“What we really should be doing, and I hope we are doing, is to do everything we can to mitigate the number of people who are getting infected and requiring hospitalization and ICU beds,” added Dr. Fauci.

Citing to a new study from the CDC (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Jen Christensen of CNN reports that in states where lower vaccination rates are low, more children reportedly went to the hospital and emergency room.

“In the two week period in mid to late August, ER visits were 3.4 times higher in the states with the lowest vaccination rates and hospitalizations were 3.7 times higher than in states with the highest vaccination rates. The states with the lowest vaccination coverage were in the South,” writes Christensen.

Broad, community-wide vaccination of all eligible persons is a critical component of mitigation strategies to protect pediatric populations from SARS-CoV-2 infection and severe COVID-19 illness.

The CDC-led Team (source: CNN Health)

According to the CDC study “The proportions of hospitalized children and adolescents with severe disease were similar before and during the period of Delta predominance.”

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of CDC, reportedly told in The White House briefing “What is clear from these data is community level vaccination coverage protects our children. As the number of Covid-19 cases increase in the community, the number of children getting sick, presenting to the emergency room and being admitted to the hospital will also increase”.

Coronavirus-19 vaccination watch

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID vaccination tracker page (as of September 4, 9 a.m.) 450,175,825 doses have been distributed and 374,488,924 doses administered. According MDH COVID-19 Response vaccine data (as of September 1) a total of 6,216,804 doses of Covid-19 (Pfizer & Moderna) vaccines have been administered in Minnesota. According to the MDH latest tally (as of September 3) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 655,418 (out of 11,561,040 tested) with 7,844 deaths.