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With COVID-19 cases rising across the country, the Board of County Commissioners is continuing to work with important influencers in their community to increase vaccine administration. The more transmissible version of the virus, the Delta variant, is spreading among the unvaccinated and increasing hospitalizations and sickness throughout the region underscoring the need for vaccinations.
Camden High School basketball standout, DJ Wagner, his coach and former NBA player, Rick Brunson, and teammate, Cian Medley, all recently participated in a new public service announcement in partnership with the Board. The message is clear from this group to the public, “this is your shot – make it count.” Right now, getting every municipality to 70 percent vaccinated and beyond is the objective for the county health department.
“Getting these individuals to step up and lend their voices to this campaign was imperative for us to convince our neighbors that the vaccine is the right decision. Rick, Cian and DJ know how important it is to protect their friends, family and community and I want to thank them for their advocacy on this issue,” said Commissioner Al Dyer. “Furthermore, these kids are role models in the city and beyond its borders for so many people and hoop heads throughout the state. We know the peer to peer message is impactful with other kids and families to make their shot count.”
How can I protect myself?
- Stay informed – CDC is updating its website daily with the latest information and advice for
the public. Visit: www.cdc.gov.
- Take everyday preventive actions recommended to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:
- Wash hands often with soap and water or
use hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
with unwashed hands
- Avoid contact with people who are sick
- Stay home while you are sick and avoid
contact with others
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or
sleeve when coughing or sneezing
- Wash hands often with soap and water or
Camden County COVID-19 Health Hub
The Camden County Board of Commissioners along with Cooper University Health Care and Rutgers-Camden School of Nursing has launched the Camden County CPVID-19 Health Hub, located at Camden County College, providing a one stop shop for COVID-19 vaccines, boosters, and third doses, flu vaccines and COVID testing all inside one site.
Click here to learn more.
Learn More About the DELTA Variant
The Delta variant is more contagious: The Delta variant is highly contagious, more than 2x as contagious as previous variants.
Some data suggest the Delta variant might cause more severe illness than previous strains in unvaccinated persons. In two different studies from Canada and Scotland, patients infected with the Delta variant were more likely to be hospitalized than patients infected with Alpha or the original virus strains.
Unvaccinated people remain the greatest concern: Although breakthrough infections happen much less often than infections in unvaccinated people, individuals infected with the Delta variant, including fully vaccinated people with symptomatic breakthrough infections, can transmit it to others. CDC is continuing to assess data on whether fully vaccinated people with asymptomatic breakthrough infections can transmit. However, the greatest risk of transmission is among unvaccinated people who are much more likely to contract, and therefore transmit the virus.
Fully vaccinated people with Delta variant breakthrough infections can spread the virus to others. However, vaccinated people appear to be infectious for a shorter period: Previous variants typically produced less virus in the body of infected fully vaccinated people (breakthrough infections) than in unvaccinated people. In contrast, the Delta variant seems to produce the same high amount of virus in both unvaccinated and fully vaccinated people. However, like other variants, the amount of virus produced by Delta breakthrough infections in fully vaccinated people also goes down faster than infections in unvaccinated people. This means fully vaccinated people are likely infectious for less time than unvaccinated people.
To learn more about the DELTA Variant, click here.
Covid-19 Call Center
If you have questions about the DELTA Variant or any other questions about COVID-19, call the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services Covid-19 hotline at (856) 549-0530 for assistance.