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These fully vaccinated people got COVID-19. None of them were hospitalized

A group of employees at a Las Vegas hospital were infected with COVID-19. They didn’t need hospitalization

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There was recently a coronavirus outbreak at a hospital in Las Vegas — but none of the employees, 10 of whom were fully vaccinated, were hospitalized from the virus.

What happened in Las Vegas?

Per Las Vegas Review-Journal, 11 workers at the Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas were infected with the novel coronavirus. Of those 11, 10 of them were fully vaccinated against the virus.

  • The outbreak was caused by the delta variant, which has become the dominant variant of the coronavirus in the U.S., Forbes reports.

Officials said none of the employees were hospitalized and none of them died.

  • “The Centers for Disease Control has confirmed that 11 of our colleagues at Sunrise Hospital tested positive for the COVID-19 delta variant,” Sunrise’s CEO, Todd P Sklamberg, said in a statement to The Guardian. “All who tested positive are doing well and have returned to work.”
  • “We want to acknowledge our colleagues recognized their own symptoms (similar to allergies or the common cold) and chose to get tested. There were no exposures to our patients as our staff complies with all PPE guidelines, masking at all times and wearing face shields with all patient encounters.”

Why this matters

The cases come as the delta variant of the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the country, leading to surges in multiple states where there are low vaccination rates. Health officials have suggested that vaccinations offer strong protection against the delta variant.

  • “COVID-19 vaccines — which data have repeatedly shown are safe and effective — reduce the severity of the virus and prevent hospitalizations in the rare breakthrough cases,” The Guardians reports, citing health authorities.

That said, Forbes suggests the Las Vegas case tells us that vaccines aren’t 100% successful at stopping infection. They have been shown to stop hospitalization and deaths in large part, but fully vaccinated people can still be infected if they don’t take precautions. The symptoms may not be as strong, but they can still appear.

  • “What all of this says, though, is don’t roll the dice on potentially getting infected,” according to Forbes. “There are still plenty of people out there who are not vaccinated, yet are acting as if they were. People can lie in Las Vegas and elsewhere. The idea that you can abandon all other COVID-19 precautions once you are vaccinated is full of craps, a game of craps that is.”