Provincetown’s Town manager said, “Of the 900 patients related to the Provincetown cluster, there have been no deaths and 7 hospitalizations. The symptoms tend to be mild.”
Although COVID infections were common in the Massachusetts epidemic last month, very few people became seriously ill.
“The vaccines are working,” said Provincetown Town Manager Alex Morse in a Tweet on July 30. “Out of the nearly 900 cases relating to the Provincetown cluster, 7 were hospitalized, and there have been no deaths. The symptoms, however, are generally mild.”
“Our positivity peaked on 7/15 at 15% and was 4.8% yesterday. “The outbreak is under control, and Provincetown has been evacuated,” he said.
Last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a study that found 346 of the 469 reported coronavirus infections at that time occurred in people who were fully vaccinated. As large summer parties took place in Provincetown, the outbreak occurred between July 3-17th in Barnstable County.
The report included 274 cases of the breakthrough disease, and four patients were admitted to the hospital. A second infected person was also accepted, but he had not been vaccinated.
Testing revealed that 90% of the specimens from 133 patients had the Delta variant. The most common side effects were cough, headache, sore throat, muscle pain, and fever. No deaths were reported.
“This finding was concerning and was a pivotal discovery that led to CDC’s updated mask recommendation,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director at CDC, said in a statement. “The masking recommendations were updated to ensure that people who have been vaccinated do not inadvertently transmit the virus to others, such as their loved ones who are unvaccinated.
The CDC had previously issued new guidelines Tuesday based upon new science regarding the Delta variant. It has now become the most common strain in the United States. The Delta variant was found in four out of five infected specimens. This strain has been known to infect vaccine-trained people and sometimes spread to others.
The updated guidelines also included the push for COVID-19 shots, which have been shown to reduce COVID-19’s spread and prevent severe illness, hospitalization, death, and even death with the Delta variant.
It is recommended that both vaccine-assisted and non-vaccinated individuals in areas with high transmission rates wear masks indoors. Non-vaccinated persons are advised to continue wearing masks indoors until they have been fully vaccinated.
The CDC recommends K-12 students to resume full-time in-person learning this fall, with appropriate COVID precautions.
Walensky said that this moment, and more importantly, the associated sickness, suffering, and death could have been avoided with higher vaccination coverage. COVID-19 still presents many challenges and has taken a tremendous toll on the nation. We will continue to closely follow the science and update the guidance if the science shifts again. We must do everything we can to stop this variant and end the pandemic.
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