August 31, 2021 COVID-19 – Statistics from August 30, 2021
• New cases: 161
• Hospitalized: 90
• People in ICU: 21
For more information, visit the Data and Statistics page at ShastaReady.org.
Myth: I received my antibody test back and my u/ml is really high. That means I am immune to COVID-19, so I don’t need the vaccine.
Fact: Antibody tests help health care providers identify whether a person has had the virus in the past. Antibody tests do not indicate a specific level of immunity or protection from COVID-19. The FDA recommends that antibody tests should only be ordered by healthcare providers who are familiar with the use and limitations of the test. It is recommended that everyone who is eligible get vaccinated, even if you have had COVID in the past and a test says you have antibodies. For more information, visit this Antibody Testing article from the FDA.
Question: Since some vaccinated people are still getting COVID-19, does that mean the vaccine doesn’t work?
Answer: Breakthrough cases, also called post-vaccine cases or breakthrough infections, occur when a fully-vaccinated person gets infected with COVID-19. Because no vaccine is 100% effective, some breakthrough cases are expected. Vaccinated people typically have less severe symptoms when contracting COVID-19 than those who remain unvaccinated. People are far less likely to be hospitalized or die from COVID-19 if they are vaccinated.
The state’s COVID-19 dashboard is reporting an error in ICU numbers for Shasta County. However, the county’s epidemiology team confirmed with local hospitals that the information on the county’s website ShastaReady.org is correct. The state’s dashboard should be updated soon.
Please don’t use the emergency room for non-emergencies. Our local hospitals are very busy, so please do not go to a hospital emergency department unless you are having a medical emergency. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, contact your regular healthcare provider and Get Tested.
Find more data at https://www.co.shasta.ca.us/ready/covid-19/data
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