COVID cases, hospitalizations up in Tennessee, Georgia

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (WDEF)- Covid cases continue to rise as the Omicron variant has surged in Tennessee and Georgia.

The cases are definitely on the rise. We are testing a lot more people this week than we have in weeks past. As well as doing more monoclonal antibody treatments that case numbers are definitely on the rise in Hamilton County. The Omicron variant is more transmissible than Delta has been,” said Pharmacist Jacob Standefer with Access Family Pharmacy.

The evidence so far shows that those fully vaccinated have much better protection against Symptoms if a breakthrough case occurs. 

Even with the data that we do have, which is very little so far, it shows it helps reduce the risk of hospitalizations even with the variant.

We do know the people that are vaccinated and a previously had Covid can get the new Omicron Variant. The disease is usually less severe if you’ve been vaccinated and even more so if you had a booster. It is still possible for these individuals to spread it to others,” said Dr. Julie Swann, public health scientist.

Standefer said there are several things you can do to protect yourself during the holiday season. 

“We’re gonna do all that we can so obviously it starts getting vaccinated and then wearing a mask in public places, getting tested before you go see your family for the holidays,” said Standefer.

“Really everything depends on your risk level and your profile. If you have a fully vaccinated group that has also received their booster, you don’t have any children are pregnant women unvaccinated, then you might feel comfortable with it. But if you have somebody who’s vaccinated but has conditions that can impact their immunity like cancer or something else you might have to be more careful even if you are all vaccinated,” said Swann.

And when you’re eligible they recommend getting your booster. 

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