Data shows mostly unvaccinated still getting sick

A chart compiled from data released by Harvey County through press briefings and releases shows the make up of new COVID-19 infections based on vaccination status. The number of active cases in the county have hovered in the teens in recent weeks.

By Adam Strunk

Individuals yet to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 contracted 94.85% of the new cases in the county during the last four weeks.

That’s according to compiled data released by the county for the period of May 3 to May 31.

For months, scientists have claimed COVID-19 vaccines effectively reduced the contraction of the disease and were up to 95% effective at preventing moderate to severe cases of the virus.

National studies have confirmed that, and now after a month of the state providing information on vaccinated verses unvaccinated infections, local data backs up the effectiveness claim.

During the last four weeks, the county reported 58 cases, with 55 involving those who were less than two weeks out from their final COVID-19 vaccination or who had not received their first or second shot. At least the last seven hospitalizations involved those not yet fully vaccinated. 

The county now has a vaccination rate of 49% for those older than 16, good for sixth in the state.

Fifty-five percent of the same population has received at least one shot, ranking seventh in Kansas.

In total, the county saw 11 new cases this week. Active cases decreased slightly to 13. And now the county reports no residents are currently hospitalized with the disease

Statewide deaths, new cases, hospital admissions and percent positivity rates have all decreased during the last week.

Overall, the state ranks 29th in the U.S., with 58.4% of those older than 18 having received at least one jab.

That trails the U.S. national rate by a percent.

As a whole, 50.4 % of the total U.S. population has received at least one shot, ranking seventh in the world. Israel, the U.K. and Canada rank at the top in first dose vaccinations between 56% and 62%.

The gap in the U.S. has been driven by differences in state rates and policies.

According to national data, 10 states—Vermont, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Jersey, Rhode Island, New Mexico and Pennsylvania—have had 70% or more of their adults receive one jab.

Another 10 have reached the 65% threshold.

While infections continue to drop off in the U.S. and vaccine access is now taken for granted, other countries have not fared so well.

India continues to be in the midst of a massive outbreak, in which it saw 400,000 new cases of contraction daily. The number has dropped off to around 175,000 per day, and only 3.2% of the country is totally vaccinated.

For context, the U.S. new case rate currently hovers around 17,000 per day, down from a spike of 252,000 on Jan. 6.

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