Every COVID-19 indicator in Idaho is heading in the wrong direction.
- The number of cases has started to increase.
- The seven-day state moving average of cases per 100,000 has risen from a low of 3.4 on July 5 to 10.1 on July 22.
- The COVID-19 test positivity is rising from a low of 2.8 percent four weeks ago to 5.7 percent this week.
- The number of long-term care facilities with active COVID cases has risen from a low of 14 a few weeks ago to 24 on July 23.
I worry, like many of you, what this means as we approach flu season, head back to school, and get back to indoor activities.
The best way to protect yourself, your family and friends from COVID-19 is to get vaccinated against COVID-19. To date, 49.1 percent of those 12 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine. We all need those numbers to go up, and we’re counting on the people of Idaho to get vaccinated.
We need more people to choose to get vaccinated. The reality of our current COVID-19 situation is that the pandemic is disproportionately affecting the unvaccinated. And, because children under the age of 12 cannot be vaccinated at this time, the best way to protect them and others who cannot be vaccinated is to make sure those around them are vaccinated.
From May 15, 2021:
- 95.5 percent of COVID-19 cases are among those who are not fully vaccinated
- 94.7 percent of people hospitalized for COVID-19 were not fully vaccinated
- 94.2 percent of the people who died from COVID-19 were not fully vaccinated.
Part of the problem we all face is the amount of misinformation that is shared on social media and other communication channels. Blatant attempts to provide misinformation are detrimental to the people of Idaho. It’s disheartening. I encourage you not to be sidelined by misinformation. Find reliable sources of information. Share information from trusted sources. Do not encourage others to share information from unverified sources. Focus on science. Focus on the facts.
One fact is that more than 160 million Americans, including more than 700,000 Idahoans, have been vaccinated in the past year. Other facts:
- This vaccine is safe and effective.
- Vaccines do not give you COVID-19.
- There is no scientific evidence that it causes infertility or an increased risk of miscarriage.
- Neither vaccine affects your DNA in any way. The vaccine does not cause cancer.
- Vaccines do not cause autism.
- COVID-19 vaccines do not contain a live virus, and therefore the vaccines do not eliminate the virus or cause vaccinated people to eliminate it.
- There is no vaccine microchip and the vaccine cannot track people or collect personal information.
For those who have chosen to get vaccinated, I thank you. For those who have not yet been vaccinated, I urge you to consider getting vaccinated.
Find a vaccination site near you by visiting: https://covidvaccine.idaho.gov/. There are mobile clinics and drop-in locations throughout the state.
Stay up-to-date with the latest and most accurate information on COVID-19 on the following websites:
DHW also posts factual information about COVID-19 daily on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Have a safe and healthy weekend.