Delaware City Council updated on COVID-19
Delaware District Public Health Commissioner Shelia Hiddleson was outside Delaware City Council on Monday to provide its weekly update on COVID-19 data trends in Delaware County.
Hiddleson began his presentation by providing up-to-date vaccine statistics for Delaware County. According to the Ohio Hospital Association, 79% of county residents eligible to receive the vaccine have at least started the vaccination process. Of the entire eligible population, 75% of residents are now fully vaccinated.
As for the active cases of COVID-19 in Delaware County, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has reported 455 cases in the past two weeks. According to the Center for Disease Control, there is a 5.36% positivity rate in the county.
Specific to the city of Delaware, Hiddleson said 69% of the population has started the vaccination process and 65% are now fully vaccinated. A total of 125 cases have been reported by ODH in the past two weeks.
With schools now back, Hiddleson said the DPHD will shut down monitoring of real-time data from schools to quickly determine if there are outbreaks. Speaking specifically of the schools in the city of Delaware, Hiddleson said the district works well with the health district to stay on top of any developing issues.
“We are very lucky in this game. Delaware City Schools is a great partner with us in trying to make sure that we keep as many children as possible in school and keep them safe, ”Hiddleson said.
Following statistics on vaccination and positivity rates, Hiddleson provided some statistics on vaccine reactions according to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). According to Hiddleson’s report, there have so far been two to five VAERS reports of anaphylaxis per million people vaccinated, which represents the most frequently reported of what Hiddleson considered to be unusual reactions.
For those who received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, Hiddleson said there were 42 confirmed cases of thrombosis out of the 13 million who received this specific vaccine. She said the thrombosis has generally been found in women under the age of 50.
“These are some of the conversations people need to have with their doctors if they are in this group, whether or not the risk of getting the disease outweighs the risks and benefits of the vaccine,” Hiddleson said. “We always encourage people to have this conversation with their doctor. Their doctor knows their health best and can help them make the best decision based on their health.
As for myocarditis, which has typically been found in adolescents and young adults, 762 confirmed cases have been identified in the VAERS system, according to Hiddleson.
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