New information from the CDC and Benton County Health Department:
The Delta variant, which is a mutation of SARS-CoV-2, has become the dominant strain in Oregon – estimated to account for 80-90% of recent COVID-19 cases.
Recent COVID-19 cases have been found to be much as 3X more transmissible than earlier COVID-19 variants.
Delta is causing some “breakthrough infections,” meaning infections in fully vaccinated people. However, data also indicate that breakthrough infections in fully vaccinated people are milder.
Vaccination remains the most important tool in reducing the spread of COVID-19. If you are vaccinated, your risk of infection is around 3.5 times lower, your risk of getting ill from COVID is over 8 times lower, and your risk of hospitalization or death is around 25 times lower.
Data continue to demonstrate that the vaccines currently in use are effective against the Delta variant and are preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death. While no vaccine is 100% effective, vaccination is the best way to protect you, your family and your community.
Indoor masking is a simple way to help reduce the spread of the delta variant.
If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and have symptoms, stay home; avoid close contact with others; and contact your health care provider, Student Health Services, or an emergency medical care provider.