Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Covid outbreak among vaccinated Vegas hospital workers underscores Delta risks

State health officials say about 46% of Nevadans age 12 and older are fully vaccinated. Photograph: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

 An outbreak of Covid-19 among vaccinated staffers at a Las Vegas hospital has highlighted the risks posed by the Delta variant in the US, as Nevada struggles with rising Covid cases and stagnating vaccination rates.

Eleven workers at the Sunrise hospital and medical center, only one of whom was unvaccinated, tested positive for coronavirus after attending a party in early June, hospital officials confirmed to the Guardian.

None of the workers infected were hospitalized, nor were there any fatalities.

“The Centers for Disease Control has confirmed that 11 of our colleagues at Sunrise Hospital tested positive for the Covid-19 Delta variant,” Sunrise’s CEO, Todd P Sklamberg, said in a statement. “All who tested positive are doing well and have returned to work.”

Sklamberg added: “We want to acknowledge our colleagues recognized their own symptoms (similar to allergies or the common cold) and chose to get tested. There were no exposures to our patients as our staff complies with all PPE guidelines, masking at all times and wearing face shields with all patient encounters.”

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