ST. LOUIS– Dr. Clay Dunagan with the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force told the vaccinated community today that he knows it feels unfair that mask orders are back in place.
He said the region missed a chance to avoid this surge because the vaccination rate is not high enough in the area.
“Today we are talking about a patient that is sick, and it is our community. Sick, even though people have done everything asked of them,” said Dr. Dunagan.
He also says if the St. Louis region stays on this pace, there could be a surge to rival the one in December by the end of September.
Dunagan said that until we have stronger immunity, there is a threat to individuals and the health care systems that are almost at capacity.
“I a looking at these numbers with some alarm,” said Dunagan.
He says unless some preventive action is taken, like people wearing masks and getting vaccinated, the number of COVID cases will go up.
He said if hospitals get overwhelmed with COVID patients they may be too busy to take care of patients with emergent needs. That means they may find themselves having to wait or getting transferred to another hospital.
Dunagan also said the age distribution of the Delta variant patients is concerning. He said about 40% of hospitalized cases now are people under the age of 45. He said that age group usually does not have a lot of issues but are now finding themselves hospitalized.