Los Angeles County said it has seen a surge in coronavirus cases in recent weeks, hitting above the 1,000 mark for five days in a row as of Wednesday. Hospitalizations, overall, are low. But those who are hospitalized have not been fully vaccinated.
- “To date, we have not had a patient admitted to a (Department of Health Services) hospital who has been fully vaccinated, with either the J&J, Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Every single patient that we’ve admitted for COVID is not yet fully vaccinated,” said Dr. Christina Ghalym, county health services director, according to CNN.
In total, there are about 400 COVID-19 patients hospitalized right now because of the infection, CNN reports.
The situation is Los Angeles echoes what’s happening around the country. Jeff Zients, the White House’s coronavirus response coordinator, said at press conference earlier in July that most COVID-19 patients are unvaccinated, according to CNBC.
- “Virtually all COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths in United States are now occurring among unvaccinated individuals,” he said.
That’s why there’s been an increase in outreach to get people vaccinated. For example, singer-songwriter Olivia Rodrigo has asked people to be happy and healthy and get vaccinated, according to the Deseret News.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House medical adviser on the novel coronavirus, recently told MSNBC that unvaccinated people should put politics aside and get the vaccine.
- “You’ve gotta ask: What is the problem?” he said. “Get over it. Get over this political statement. Just get over it and try and save the lives of yourself and your family.”