Delta variant of Coronavirus confirmed in Wichita County
Two samples sent off to the DSHS have tested positive for Delta variant
WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KAUZ) - The COVID-19 Delta variant has reached Wichita County.
The Wichita County Public Health District said Wednesday that the Texas Department of State Health Services confirmed two test samples returned positive for the Delta variant.
The Health District had submitted eight samples to the state and has received six results so far. Three of those tested positive for the Alpha variant while two tested positive for the Delta variant and one was not suitable for testing. They are still awaiting results from the last two.
The Wichita County health experts say the two confirmed Delta variant cases were from individuals that were 60 to 70 years old, and all eight tests sent to the state fell under the limited CDC requirements for delta variant testing.
“They had been previously vaccinated and were symptomatic and in some cases they were hospitalized. So those samples were sent off to the labs,” said Lou Kreidler, Director of Wichita County Public Health District.
According to the World Health Organization, the Delta variant is 55% more transmissible than the Alpha variant. The Alpha variant was already 50% more transmissible than the original COVID-19 virus.
“When you start looking at that exponentially if that one person infects five and then those five individuals infect five other individuals. Then each of those infect five more and you can see how the spread will very quickly get out of hand,” said Kreidler.
The Health District urges people who have not already been vaccinated against the Coronavirus to do so. People can sign up to get vaccinated here.
“For the state of Texas, there is no going back and the governor has made it very clear that masks can’t be mandated. So it really is dependent the citizens of Wichita County to take it seriously and if you’re not vaccinated, get vaccinated,” said Kreidler.
However, the health district staff aren’t the only ones keeping a close eye on the delta variant. Community Healthcare Center staff said it’s a fight that must not be given up on so easily.
“We have enough supplies, we are working with two different laboratories. In Wichita County, only 39 percent of the population has received the vaccine. So I really would like to encourage everyone to get the vaccine, especially since the Moderna and Pfizer work against it,” said Dr. Ellaheh Ebrahim, Chief Medical Officer of the Community Healthcare Center.
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