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The delta variant accounts for up to 80% of new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. in July. Unvaccinated people are more likely to catch the virus.
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More than 100 people are in Leon County hospitals with COVID-19, according to local hospital data.
A total of 111 people were in local hospitals with COVID-19 on Friday, including 59 patients at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare and 52 patients at Capital Regional Medical Center. A TMH spokesperson confirmed that 53 of their COVID-19 patients are unvaccinated.
The last time hospitalizations were this high in Leon County was in mid-January, when COVID-positive patients peaked at 135, according to Tallahassee Democrat reports.
The jump in hospitalizations comes the same week that TMH also confirmed a pregnant woman gave birth after being admitted to the hospital with COVID-19.
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A hospital spokesperson issued a statement confirming that doctors performed an emergency Cesarean section. The baby was safely delivered and remains in the neonatal intensive care unit, and the mother is in critical condition, according to the statement.
Women who are pregnant and recently pregnant are considered higher risk if they contract COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Pregnant women can still receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
Local sites temporarily closing
To accommodate commencement ceremonies this weekend at Florida A&M University, the public vaccination site at the Lawson Center will be closed Friday, Saturday and Monday and will reopen on Tuesday, Aug. 3.
The Bragg Memorial Stadium COVID-19 testing site will be open Friday but will be closed on Saturday. It will resume normal operation on Monday.
Local leader calls on community
Friday afternoon, Rev. R.B. Holmes held a radio talk show encouraging local health officials to wear masks and ensure that hospital employees get vaccinated.
Holmes is the chair and co-founder of a statewide task force dedicated to educating underserved communities about the COVID-19 vaccine. His Friday talk show aired on 95.3 FM.
“Now, more than ever, with the surging of deaths and hospitalizations in this city, state and nation, we need to come down on the right side of history; that is, encouraging the unvaccinated to get vaccinated and (implementing) steps to protect those who have been vaccinated,” Holmes said in a press release.
Reporter Byron Dobson contributed. Casey Chapter is the managing editor of the FSView & Florida Flambeau. Reach her at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter @CaseyChapter.
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