Facts about COVID-19 and what you can do to protect yourself and loved ones

Goodwillers,

We have seen a large increase in the number of employees being exposed to and/or testing positive for COVID-19. In the first 22 days of August, we have had 84 COVID-19-related incidents submitted compared to only 12 in July and three in June.

Nationally, 88% of all COVID-19 infections are the new, stronger, deadlier, easier-to-spread SARS-CoV-2 (Delta) variant.

What to know about the new Delta variant of COVID-19

The Delta variant spreads much faster than the original (Alpha) variant, it has been known to cause more severe reactions and more likelihood of hospitalization and some treatments given for COVID-19 are less effective against the newest Delta strain.

The good news is that vaccinations have been proven to be effective against COVID-19, and in the rare cases of breakthrough infections (people who are vaccinated), people have suffered only mild symptoms and had a speedier recovery time.

The even better news, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has granted full approval of the Pfizer vaccination.

What does this mean? It means that it has made the transition from emergency authorization status to full FDA approval. To be granted this status, Pfizer had to prove the effectiveness and safety to meet stringent licensing requirements.

There is no time like the present to get vaccinated. Those that get vaccinated now will carry the highest level of protection against the Delta variant. If you have contracted the virus and recovered from COVID-19, doctors are urging you to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Those that have been sick have a higher chance of being reinfected than those that get vaccinated.

For those that have already received the vaccination, you are still protected but the effectiveness has shown to decrease over time. Make sure to practice good hygiene, separate yourselves from large gatherings and wear a mask if you are concerned about being around people that may be infected with COVID-19. The key to staying safe and healthy is to take your personal health seriously.

If you have any questions about the vaccination you can visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines.

$100 for 100 drawing

If you do decide to get vaccinated and do so before October 14, you will be entered into the $100 for 100 vaccination drawing, where 100 employees will receive $100 for rolling up their sleeve and doing their part. Directors and above are not eligible to win.

Thank you,

Communications