CONTRA COSTA, Calif. (KRON) – Contra Costa County health officials brace for an increase in COVID cases over the holidays as more people hit the road and plan large gatherings.
As more of us take off or hit the road for vacations, Contra Costa Health Services health worker Dr Chris Farnitano says we are in better shape locally to avoid a repeat of last winter’s outbreak of COVID-19 cases.
It highlights the availability of the vaccine.
In Contra Costa County, more than 74% of the population is fully vaccinated, overtaking the rest of the country.
Children 5 and older have been eligible for weeks.
Still, he says the county’s population is not expected to hit the 80% vaccination threshold before the end of the year.
He says it is essential that all eligible adults receive their booster shots as well.
“Immunity wanes – especially in the elderly, but even in young adults. It is nevertheless, in the youngest, that it benefits from very very good protection against serious illnesses and hospitalization. But we also want to prevent the spread, ”said Dr Farnitano.
In the past two weeks, hospitalizations resulting from the virus have fallen by almost 4.5% and active cases by almost 20%.
The numbers, according to Dr Farnitano, will increase as the number of large indoor gatherings increases.
“The vaccine is definitely making a big difference, and I think it will prevent us from having such a severe outbreak as the one we had last winter,” said Dr Farnitano.
Regardless of your vaccination status, Dr Farnitano suggests getting tested for the virus before and after your vacation.