Coronavirus outbreaks are on the rise in San Bernardino County among young, healthy individuals, according to county health officials.
While most of these patients do not suffer from life-threatening illnesses, they still pose a threat to the county’s most vulnerable residents, officials said.
Dr Rodney Borger, an emergency physician at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, said his greatest concern was that unvaccinated people spread the virus to residents who are older or vulnerable to serious consequences.
He said a significant portion of the population has declined or delayed getting the vaccine, and that virtually every new case involves people who have not been vaccinated.
COVID-19 will remain active as long as a significant portion of the population continues to neglect to get vaccinated, Dr Borger said.
He said young people who receive COVID still suffer from unpleasant effects, and some may experience long-term effects such as fatigue, shortness of breath, cough, joint pain and chest pain.
Dr Borger said the persistent population of unvaccinated individuals is of particular concern due to the emergence of the Delta variant of COVID, which is more contagious than previous versions of the virus.
New data released by the California Department of Public Health shows that 35.6% of the coronavirus variants analyzed in June were identified as the Delta variant, which was first identified in India.
By comparison, in May, variants made up only 5.6% of coronavirus cases analyzed in the state.