JACKSONVILLE, Fla.– As more and more cases of the Delta version of COVID-19 surface nationwide, health specialists in Jacksonville state theyre seeing a growing variety of infections connected to the variant.The issue for a transmittable disease specialist at UF Health Jacksonville is that the Delta variant, which has become the dominant stress of COVID-19 in the U.S., is making clients sicker than previously and shows no indications of reducing anytime soon.”Its the perfect storm that were seeing and, unfortunately, it does not look like its disappearing,” stated Chad Neilsen, director of infection avoidance for UF Health Jacksonville, which has actually seen its number of COVID-19 patients double recently.As of Monday, UF Health was looking after 60 people who were infected with COVID-19, 23 of whom remain in the intensive care system and half of whom are on ventilators. The medical facility believes that 15 other patients are infected, but tests are pending.AdThats compared to 133 patients infected with COVID-19 at Baptist Healths centers in the location, 35 of whom are in the ICU.”We have no doubt that these clients are coming in with the Delta variation of the virus, which is known to spread out faster and in some cases be more extreme,” Neilsen said of UF Health Jacksonvilles patients.New infections have actually spiked in Florida, which reported 23,697 new cases in its weekly situational report last week. Thats nearly double the number of new infections the state reported the week previously. Of the new cases, Jacksonville had 2,127, going beyond 2,000 cases in a week for the very first time considering that February.AdIts uncertain how many of Jacksonvilles brand-new cases are tied to the Delta variant.Delta alternative adding to perfect storm in Jacksonville, expert warnsThe Florida Department of Health has actually not released data on the variety of Delta alternative infections, despite a public records request from News4Jax.”Its unfortunate that we are not improving information from the state of Florida on this,” Neilsen said. “What we get is essentially what the public gets, which is simply a breakdown of the number of individuals are immunized and what the percent positivity is on a weekly basis.”The rise of new infections is especially concerning, Neilsen said, as vaccination rates have actually stagnated while restrictions requiring social distancing and masks in certain public settings have been lifted.”We are looking at actually countless brand-new cases of COVID-19 here in the city or in the county of Duval recently alone,” he stated. “Its not surprising. Its just not surprising. The Delta version is more contagious and there are no restrictions in public today.”AdBesides healthcare facilities, another area of concern is the countys jails.The Jacksonville Sheriffs Office said there are currently 103 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in its corrections facilities, including the Duval County prison. Just shy of 2,400 inmates are under preventive quarantines impacting several dorms.In a statement, Sheriff Mike Williams said his agency continues to follow CDC standards and undertake procedures to limit the spread of COVID-19, including screening inmates on admission and whenever they show signs.”All locations of our facilities are regularly cleaned and sanitized in accordance with CDC guidance and all individuals within the centers are needed to use masks; prisoners included,” Williams stated in part.Elizabeth Bland, the mother of an inmate, expressed concerns about the conditions at the jail.Ad”My issue is, youre wearing protective suits,” Bland informed News4Jax. “You are secured, however youre putting biohazard waste containers in the dormitories where the inmates sleep.”Neilsen warned that the Delta variant, which is thought to spread out faster, could transfer that much quicker in close-quarter settings, like the jail.”Its going to spread like wildfire. We know that the Delta version is more infectious, so anytime you put individuals in close proximity together who are not immunized, youre visiting the infection move very quickly through that population.”Copyright 2021 by WJXT News4Jax – All rights reserved.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.– As more and more cases of the Delta variation of COVID-19 crop up across the country, health specialists in Jacksonville say theyre seeing a growing number of infections connected to the variant.The issue for a contagious disease expert at UF Health Jacksonville is that the Delta variation, which has actually ended up being the dominant pressure of COVID-19 in the U.S., is making clients sicker than in the past and shows no signs of tapering off anytime soon.”Its the perfect storm that were seeing and, regrettably, it does not look like its going away,” stated Chad Neilsen, director of infection prevention for UF Health Jacksonville, which has actually seen its number of COVID-19 clients double recently.As of Monday, UF Health was caring for 60 people who were contaminated with COVID-19, 23 of whom are in the intensive care unit and half of whom are on ventilators.”We have no doubt that these clients are coming in with the Delta version of the infection, which is known to spread faster and in some cases be more severe,” Neilsen stated of UF Health Jacksonvilles patients.New infections have actually increased in Florida, which reported 23,697 new cases in its weekly situational report last week. Of the brand-new cases, Jacksonville had 2,127, surpassing 2,000 cases in a week for the first time given that February.AdIts uncertain how numerous of Jacksonvilles brand-new cases are tied to the Delta variant.Delta alternative contributing to ideal storm in Jacksonville, expert warnsThe Florida Department of Health has not launched information on the number of Delta alternative infections, regardless of a public records demand from News4Jax.