EUGENE, Ore .– As we move past the pandemic phase of COVID-19, state health officials say we could be in for a new paradigm.
According to the Oregon Health Authority, vaccine breakthrough cases – cases in which vaccinated individuals became ill with COVID – represent more than half of the total number of COVID-19 cases reported in April.
Vaccinated people represented more than 52% of cases, while unvaccinated people represented about 47%, something Jason Davis of Lane County Public Health said is not unexpected.
“We are not surprised that we see the case spread as we are, we are not surprised that we do not see the admissions, which is good news, and I am not surprised that many of our cases are breakthrough cases. “said Davis.
Of the nearly 9,800 breakthrough cases, just over 6,000 of them were fully vaccinated and boosted according to OHA data.
PeaceHealth Chief Medical Officer Dr. James McGorven said he is also not surprised that the majority of COVID cases are breakthroughs. He said in Lane County, 259,000 people have been fully vaccinated, and the trend shown in April data may be the new normal.
“You see more breakthroughs when the population starts to get higher in vaccination, so it is not a big surprise. If you look at the long-term benefit of vaccination, it basically prevents you from dying, ”McGorven said.
Oregon State Epidemiologist Dr. Dean Sidelinger said the increase in COVID-19 cases will not trigger a return to the mask mandate. However, he wants people to know that when you leave your house, you should expect to be exposed to the virus
“It can be where you worship, where you work, where you recreate, where you shop, or where you connect with friends and family,” Sidelinger said.
All three say the vaccine still gives the best chance of staying out of the hospital if you get COVID.
OHA data say that 2.6% of all known breakthrough cases have been hospitalized and only 0.6% have died.