COVID cases continue to climb across Jefferson County

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Posted 9/1/21

Jefferson County health officials reported 17 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the weekend.

The new cases pushed the total number of coronavirus infections in Jefferson County from 668 on …

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COVID cases continue to climb across Jefferson County

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Jefferson County health officials reported 17 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the weekend.

The new cases pushed the total number of coronavirus infections in Jefferson County from 668 on Friday to 685 on Monday.

Of the 17 new cases, positive COVID test results were reported across the county; six in Port Townsend, seven in the mid-county area, and four in south county.

The new cases involved 10 males and seven females.

The infections spanned a wide number of age groups. One resident under the age of 12 tested positive, as did three residents in their 20s, one resident in their 30s, five in their 40s, one in their 50s, five in their 60s, and one over the age of 80.

A total of 41 residents were still in isolation Monday due to potential COVID-19 contact. New test results from 328 residents were received Monday from over the weekend.

In Jefferson County, 535 people have recovered from COVID-19 and 44 people have been hospitalized for the disease. (People are considered “recovered” at 28 days from the onset of symptoms if they are alive and not hospitalized, according to the state Department of Health.)

Four deaths of Jefferson County residents have been linked to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

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Marge Samuelson

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Vaccines

How many people have died from the vaccine in the U.S.?

Published: June 14, 2021

Emily Smith, ScD MPH

Updated July 23, 2021

Over 339 million vaccine doses were given to 187.2 million people in the US as of July 19, 2021. The vaccines have been proven to be safe and effective. Vaccination is happening under the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history.

How do we know if someone dies after getting a vaccine?

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires vaccination providers to report any death after COVID-19 vaccination to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). When these reports are received, doctors from CDC and FDA review death certificates, autopsies, and medical records to understand what happened with each person.

How many people have died after getting a vaccine?

Between December 2020 and July 19th, 2021, VAERS received 6,207 reports of death (0.0018% of doses) among people who got a vaccine, but this does not mean the vaccine caused these deaths. Doctors and safety monitors carefully review the details of each case to see if it might be linked to the vaccine. There are three deaths that appear to be linked to blood clots that occurred after people got the J&J vaccine. Since we now know how to correctly treat people who develop these blood clots, future deaths related to this very rare side effect can be prevented.

After careful review of the additional data, doctors have decided that there is no evidence at all that the vaccines contributed to the other patient deaths. Nonetheless, the CDC and FDA will continue to investigate every single report of death (and other adverse events) reported to VAERS.

By way of comparison, getting COVID-19 while unvaccinated poses a grave risk; as of July 23, 2021, more than 610,000 DEATHS have been attributed to the virus in the US alone. Not everyone who dies while having COVID is counted towards this total. Suppose someone who tested positive for COVID-19 was killed in a car accident. The car accident would be the cause of death. This person would be counted as having “died with” COVID, not as having “died of” COVID.

Originally posted: April 8, 2021, 8:22 pm

Last updated: July 23, 2021, 10:45 am

Science review: JAB

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