At least 233 staff from two San Francisco hospitals have tested positive for COVID-19, the majority of whom were fully vaccinated but were infected with the delta variant.
More than 50 cases have been discovered among staff at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, hospital chief medical officer Dr Lukejohn Day told the New York Times on Saturday. Of those who tested positive, about 75 to 80% were fully immunized.
At the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, 183 staff members had tested positive on Friday, of which 153 were fully vaccinated, the Times reported.
Most infections are believed to be due to the highly infectious delta variant, which has emerged in the United States as the dominant COVID-19 strain.
According to the Times, two of the infected staff at the UCSF medical center were hospitalized.
None of those who tested positive at San Francisco General had to be hospitalized, and most infections caused mild to moderate symptoms, Day told the newspaper. Asymptomatic cases have also been detected through contact tracing.
La Colline has contacted both hospitals for comment.
Day told The Times cases would be much worse if staff members were not vaccinated.
“We’re concerned right now that we’re seeing a boom here in San Francisco and the Bay Area,” Day said. “But what we’re seeing is largely what the vaccine data has shown us: you can still get COVID, potentially. But if you get it, that’s okay at all.
The city of San Francisco has forced workers in high-risk workplaces, such as hospitals, to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by September 15. In a statement revealing the infections, UCSF Medical Center said it was “doubling our efforts to protect our team. This involves requiring all employees and interns to comply with the new UC system-wide Covid-19 vaccination mandate, with limited exceptions for medical or religious exemptions, ”the newspaper reported. .
The cluster of cases in San Francisco hospitals comes as concerns rise over the delta variant, especially with the nation’s vaccination rate leveling off.
Groundbreaking cases, referring to infections detected in fully vaccinated individuals, are still rare in the United States
Of the more than 164.2 million people who have been fully vaccinated, only 125,682 breakthrough cases have been reported in 38 states, according to data collected by NBC News.
That number translates to less than 0.08%, the network noted.