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The City of Moscow continues to monitor COVID-19 concerns in the community. Currently, the surge in the COVID-19 Delta variant is of significant concern. In Moscow, wastewater tests continue to show increased concentrations of the Delta variant, which is spreading much faster than the original COVID-19 Alpha strain. In addition, the CDC has reported that those infected with the COVID-19 Delta variant are more likely to be hospitalized than patients infected with other variants, including the Alpha, Beta, and Gamma strains. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/variants/delta-variant.html In support of Gritman Medical Center and our local healthcare systems, reducing the transmission of COVID-19, particularly the Delta variant, will ensure that our hospital can continue to care for those in need of their services without putting avoidable stress on the system. Vaccination against COVID-19 is an effective way to protect yourself. According to Governor Brad Little’s August 12, 2021 news release, Idaho’s statistics are:
Moscow Mayor Bill Lambert stated that he recognizes that some individuals have chosen not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. In joining Governor Little’s urge for Idahoans to get vaccinated, Lambert stated, “I have chosen to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Given the impact of the COVID-19 Delta variant on our community and our health system and school system, I am encouraging those who have not been vaccinated to make the decision to get the shot now.”
Infections happen in only a small proportion of fully vaccinated people, even with the Delta variant. However, preliminary evidence suggests that fully vaccinated people who become infected with the Delta variant can spread the virus to others. To reduce their risk of becoming infected with the Delta variant and potentially spreading it to others, the CDC recommends that all people, including fully vaccinated people: