COVID 7/31/21

Local public health officials say there is still significant cause for concern regarding the COVID-19 pandemic in Lyon County, even if many in the community don’t want to hear it.

Lyon County Public Health reported 12 new cases of COVID-19 and seven new recoveries on Friday, bringing the county’s total active case count to 42, six of which are breakthrough cases.

Public health staff are concerned by how quickly new positives are coming in and the rate at which they are proving to be Alpha or Delta variant cases. Variants can only be identified if a sample is sent to the state for genomic sequencing, and only a handful of samples are selected for that kind of testing.

According to LCPH emergency preparedness director Jennifer Millbern, of the 105 samples that Lyon County has had sequenced dating back to Sept. 2020 — before the arrival of the Alpha and Delta variants — 43% have come back as a variant of concern. Twenty-seven were Alpha variant cases and 18 were Delta variant cases.

In fact, the last time a Lyon County sample was genomically sequenced and came back as something other than a variant of concern was July 1. As of Friday, LCPH had diagnosed 11 new Delta variant cases in the previous seven days.

“If we’re talking about a variant of concern, it has been labeled that way because something about its mutation either makes it more transmissible, it makes it more severe, it makes people that contract it have more severe disease or it can maybe not be as responsive to our treatments or our vaccines,” Millbern said. “ … The two variants that we have diagnosed in Lyon County — both the Alpha variant and the Delta variant — what makes them concerning is they have mutations that make the virus more contagious, so it spreads more easily from person to person and it can cause community spread at a more rapid rate.”

While a variant may be less responsive to a vaccine, Millbern clarified that the COVID-19 is not suddenly useless. She said that a vaccine’s job isn’t to prevent a virus from getting into someone’s body, but rather it prepares someone’s body to fight back against the effects of the virus.

The fact that the Alpha and Delta variants are less responsive to the vaccine doesn’t mean the vaccine doesn’t work; it simply means that the variants are somewhat more capable of pushing through the body’s defenses.

“With the vaccine, even if you’re fully vaccinated, you can be challenged by the virus,” Millbern said. “What the vaccine’s job is is to help prevent you from having those very, very severe infections where you potentially will need intensive treatment in the form of the disease or will succumb to the disease and eventually die from it.”

So while breakthrough cases — meaning incidents in which a vaccinated person tests positive for COVID-19 — are starting to appear more as the variants spread, Millbern said that vaccinated people still have a significant leg up on those who aren’t vaccinated.

“Even with the Delta variant, it is preventing those very severe infections and there’s almost no chance that a fully vaccinated person will become hospitalized or die,” she said. “We’re just not seeing that. Our hospitalized individuals and the people that are dying due to COVID-19 are unvaccinated individuals.”

Lyon County is one of more than 46% of counties nationwide that have been designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as having high transmission rates of COVID-19. New guidelines released by the CDC on Tuesday suggest that masks be worn indoors even by vaccinated people in those counties with high transmission rates.

Millbern said the reason that Lyon County was in such a position was a combination of the highly contagious variants and the county’s low vaccination rates.

“Vaccination is the number one most effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to prevent people in our community from becoming ill from this disease,” she said.

The new CDC guidelines were disappointing for many in the community who believe they have done what they were asked to do, such as wearing masks and receiving the vaccine, but who feel they are now being punished again because of other people’s choices.

“I understand. I’m feeling the same frustration,” Millbern said. “I personally felt like that myself and my family made the best decisions we could to protect our community and ourselves. We got vaccinated, we chose to wear masks when it was appropriate out in public. And it felt good during those months when we had low community spread and the Delta variant hadn’t established in our community, it felt good to take those masks of and do a more normal life participating in more normal activities.

“Unfortunately, our situation has changed and it’s changed drastically, so now we need to fit our actions to the situation and that’s putting masks back on in public.”

(41) comments

WatchmanAnon

So let me get this straight.

The same people who buy organic produce and non GMO products because they don't trust the chemicals or the genetic modification the government puts in and on the treated fruits, vegetables, and grains are the same people who trust a jab with chemicals in it manufactured with the approval of the same government?

Somethings not right.

Rationa1

You're painting with much too broad a brush, Watchman. You mischaracterize those who prefer organic food. You mischaracterize where the genetic modifications/ chemical treatments are come from.

You are admitting the COVID vaccines have received FDA approval, so that is a positive.

Aim_High

So let me get this straight.

The same who refuse to get vaccinated because they don't trust their government are the same people who refuse to get vaccinated because it's not approved by the government yet?

Somethings not right.

Aim_High

The *people* who refuse to get vaccinated because they don't trust their government are the same people who refuse to get vaccinated because it's not approved by the government yet?

WatchmanAnon

https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2021/07/30/health/vaccination-alone-variants-study/index.html?__twitter_impression=true

"Vaccination alone won't stop the rise of new variants and in fact could push the evolution of strains that evade their protection, researchers warned Friday."

CNN says those who are vaccinated are to blame for the variants.

Also the CDC stopped tracking "breakthrough" cases.

Those who took the jab need to be asking more questions on why.

This looks like a narrative shift.

Aim_High

Where does it say "those who are vaccinated are to blame for the variants?" I read through twice and never seen what you're claiming. It might be what the twitter post you got this misinformation from said, but its definitely not what CNN said. Nice attempt at a narrative shift, but unfortunately the people you're trying to shift blame to can actually read and comprehend instead of relying on some twitter account lol. The article you posted was mostly about the importance of mask wearing. You should read it sometime.

WatchmanAnon

Read the first sentence.

[rolleyes]

Aim_High

The first sentence reads "Vaccination alone won't stop the rise of new variants and in fact could push the evolution of strains that evade their protection, researchers warned Friday."

You get "CNN says those who are vaccinated are to blame for the variants" from that? And you do realize the unvaccinated are who is keeping this virus going, giving it the opportunity to evolve in the first place?

Did you make it to the second sentence?

"They said people need to wear masks and take other steps to prevent spread until almost everyone in a population has been vaccinated."

But let me guess you're just cherry picking the researchers words that fit your political agenda...

Rationa1

Aim's interpretation of the article is correct, Watchman. You've let your ideology allow you to reinterpret what CNN reported in a way that neither the researchers nor the reporter intended. Aim could have made the point without needling you personally like that, but the point is the same, regardless.

Fremonster

I am so proud to live in America, where one is free to imagine any rights and liberties to fit their agenda.. Where each individual's rights override everyone else's. Yeah, I am free to imagine that, and I imagine that won't work well. It's fine to "Look Out for Number One", but there are a lot of other numbers out there. Or is that called "Socialism"?

WatchmanAnon

Try a new tactic. How about this.

Everyone would happily receive a jab. But we care too much about our safety to show up for it in person.

So mail the jab to us.

We will administer it to ourselves, complete the paperwork, and send it back.

Safe.

Secure.

And Honest.

Just like we did with election ballots.

Dale011

I will not allow their panic to cause me to wear a face diaper ever again. The CDC moratorium on evictions is running out today and this is all fluff to try to keep millions of evictions from occurring in the next 6 months. Imagine how that will look for the current administration. It has nothing to do with viral mitigation.

cyberspace

You don't know what the hell you're talkin about, Dale 0 11. Stupid is dangerous enough but stupid that thinks they're right is a cancer. You know who hates masks as much as you do? The Coronavirus, simpleton.

Rationa1

Again, can't we make this about the issues and not about insulting one another?

create

It's people like Dale011 who are putting the rest of us at risk. There are several of those commenting on this thread too. They believe in conspiracies and all kinds of crazy ideas they get from talking to each other, and not one bit of it is valid. These are the people who put all of us at risk. They are like a cancer among us, spewing their nonsense and in many cases, turning it into political fodder. I honestly see another lockdown coming before too long, and these people are responsible for that. I wish I hadn't read the comments on this site today. I knew there were a number of stupid people around here, but this many is distressing. Worse yet, they claim to be logical and factual.

The Red Blooded Patriot

If your face diaper works than wear it… What is to fear as long as you are wearing your muzzle.

WatchmanAnon

No one complains about the Amish not getting the jab.

No one complains about homeless populations not getting the jab

No one complains about people illegally crossing the border not getting the jab.

If people are truly immune compromised, then wouldn't you think these groups would have been wiped out by covid by now?

Aim_High

That's why the Senate left for an extended vacation... they hope to make Biden look bad. They don't actually care about the millions of homeless people, they're just desperate to win the midterms. Pretty sad conservatives put politics before the people they're supposed to be representing.

WatchmanAnon

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Aim_High

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cyberspace

Diamond in the rough, how on Earth did The Gazette allow your comments to be posted? Everything you said is wrong. Nothing you said is based on logic and facts. If your goal is to spread this disease and cause death then what you said might have some validity. It's people like you that are making things worse. You believe conspiracies and fallacies. And worse, you think you are right. You are a danger to reason and Truth.

CommonSenseOverFear

And it’s people like you that allow fascism to take over countries. “How on earth did the gazette allow your comments to be posted”? Seriously? We should just up everyone we disagree with instead of providing logical data rich arguments? Gee, no wonder you do whatever a government tells you. Fascism looks bad on you, bro.

The Red Blooded Patriot

No… Those people just like a face diaper on them… Only if it kept them from barking

cyberspace

Lies, fallacies and unsubstantiated claims are not protected speech in the face of a pandemic that has killed 100s of thousands. Stupidity will only lead to more deaths. Maybe it's nature's way of clearing out stupid people. So, don't get vaxed or wear a mask. Survival of the smartest.

CommonSenseOverFear

That’s actually not true. That’s just what you want to be true. Your fear doesn’t take away my freedoms.

Rationa1

Common, your freedoms don't include catching a deadly disease and spreading it around. There is not Constitutional freedom to do anything of the sort.

If you don't consider it your Constitutional right to get and infect others with smallpox, you can't claim a Constitutional right to spread COVID. Even if you do consider such your Constitutional right, I would love to hear that argument.

DIAMOND in the ROUGH

WAKE UP! It has been proven over and over and over again that masks do no good in stopping the transfer of Covid. They do as much good as trying to keep mosquitoes out of your back yard by putting up a chain link fence. The CDC and FDA have both said that the tests don't work, but yet the government still plans to use them through the end of the year. This is a fear and disinformation campaign designed to scare people into doing something that most reasonable people with a sound mind and common sense would never do. There are proven treatments for Covid that aren't being used in many treatment facilities... Treatments that have cloe to 100$ success rate! Why would any sane person consent to taking the jab of something that is not even FDA approved ? that has given many people bad side affects? for something that is treatable and curable? The ONLY reason is that they have bought into the fear campaign and trust the government instead of doing their own research and really taking the time to search out the truth. It's your body and your health...It should be your decision... and your decision alone whether to take the jab or not take the jab... You are the one who is going to have to live with the consequences of that decision. IMO This whole mask/vaccine campaign is all about government control and Big Pharma making millions

WatchmanAnon

If there is a treatment for covid then the government cannot maintain its Emergency Use Authorization status for the jabs. Perhaps this is why there is a massive campaign against hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin, two very inexpensive medications that have been used as treatments for years. If these two medications are known to be cures for covid then there cannot be forced vaccines.

Folks who have covid and aren't able to get these medications from local doctors are contacting the Frontline Doctors and getting these medications prescribed and shipped to them.

CommonSenseOverFear

100% correct.

Rationa1

Hey, Common...you misspelled "wrong" after "100%" in your post.

CommonSenseOverFear

Yep. All the people who call us stupid seem not to understand how microscopic a virus is. A mask doesn’t stop something that small. If anything, it just builds up bacteria around your mouth and nose. But I forgot, I’m a moron because I think for myself and “don’t have the credentials,” as if appeals to authority are 100% foolproof. If people are unvaccinated, as I am, they are choosing to deal with the consequences. Those who are vaccinated shouldn’t care or have to worry about wearing masks to protect them.

Fremonster

I remember being angry about my mandatory vaccines for polio and small pox, but that worked out alright. After all I was 5 years old and my parents weren't as dumb as I used to think. At this rate a large portion of our fellow citizens will need to have their rights explained to them.

CommonSenseOverFear

Yeah and that 1st polio vaccine harmed a lot of people. The 2nd one 13 years later was the good one.

Rationa1

It has been nearly a century since the first polio vaccines. Medical science and immunology in particular have advanced tremendously since then.

WatchmanAnon

Unless whole genome sequencing is performed, the variant cannot be known. PCR tests do not isolate a variant. Only whole genome sequencing does, and the CDC is not performing WGS for individual diagnostics.

Fremonster

Watchman, so you are saying America's best scientists have it all wrong. You"re credentials again are? I'll admit that I have no idea what you are claiming or why.

WatchmanAnon

That's not what I stated. I'm glad you asked me to clarify.

My issue is with this quote: "Public health staff are concerned by how quickly new positives are coming in and the rate at which they are proving to be Alpha or Delta variant cases."

Since the CDC is not using genome sequencing on individual samples, then there's no proof each of the new cases in Lyon County are due to variants Alpha, Delta, or whatever.

They do not know.

They don't know because they haven't sent every sample for genome sequencing.

Genome sequencing is the only way to identify which variant a person has.

My problem is with Lyon County health professionals stretching the truth. It comes off as fear mongering.

Last week the Gazette reported on a man who health professionals said died from the delta variant. I asked the question about which lab test was used to determine that he even had the delta variant. I wrote that the PCR tests don't isolate or identify which variant a person has. Unless his sample was sent for genome sequencing, then the Lyon County health professionals, or the Gazette, lied. I question the information presented as fact in the article.

My question stands: what test was used to determine he died from the delta variant? I want to know who lied.

Fremonster

Oh, I see. Another inconsequential distraction. The virus remains real and has gotten worse. Can we agree on that?

Rationa1

Come on, 'Monster. That's not fair and you know it. Don't ask Watchman to agree on something that violates their ideology. First, they are unable to agree with you, even if they wanted to. Second, it causes them to dig their resistance in even deeper. Finally, it doesn't advance the conversation.

Fremonster

Interesting. I hadn't considered this a "real" conversation, let alone advanceable. Let's try that.

Rationa1

This is a prudent recommendation. Now it is up to our leadership to follow the recommendations of our public health professionals.

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