It feels like a bad case of deja vu, but coronavirus cases are up again and presenting a challenge for our community.
Yet unlike the summer 2020 and winter 2020-21 surges, things are different this time around.
While the Delta variant is driving the spread of cases we're seeing, the good news is that the vaccines are holding up well in protecting those who have been vaccinated.
Yes, there are breakthrough cases among the vaccinated. But they are far less common and typically don’t bring symptoms or serious illness.
The vast majority of cases we are seeing are among the unvaccinated.
Countywide, the case rate among the unvaccinated is 25 per 100,000 people, on par with Orange County in February during the winter surge.
Among vaccinated people, the case rate is 5 per 100,000 people.
With the rise in cases comes a recommendation from the California Department of Public Health for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, to wear masks in indoor public spaces.
The back and forth on masks is frustrating, we know.
While masks can play an important role in slowing spread, vaccines are the best tool we have.
Vaccines are why Anaheim is trending better than the rest of the county, rather than leading it as we saw during the winter surge.
The highest rates of new cases now are in coastal and southeastern Orange County.
In Anaheim, we are 60 percent fully vaccinated with 68 percent having at least one shot on their way to full vaccination.
If you’ve been vaccinated, thank you. If not, doing so is easier than ever with shots available at City Hall, Brookhurst Community Center and local pharmacies and retailers.