Call it a setback.
This week health officials released details of the research, which led the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to recommend that vaccinated people wear a mask when indoors.
It showed that fully-vaccinated people carried as much of the spreadable components of COVID-19’s delta variant- as those who were unvaccinated. This was the latest research on breakthrough cases, as COVID numbers head upward across the country.
Previously, vaccinated people who got infected were thought to have low levels of virus and to be unlikely to pass it to others. But the new data shows that is not the case with the delta variant.
Speaking to that uncertainty, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul says state leaders are uncertain what’s next. She assured residents that they are watching the data and information coming from federal agencies closely as fall, and back to school approaches.
“When we made the announcement that all these venues and events and fairs and festivals would be open at full capacity, there was a different dynamic going on in terms of our vaccination rate was continuing to go up. The infection rate was going down and that was really pre-Delta variant,” Hochul said.
The state fair is coming up in less than three weeks, which has some concerned about the prospects of that event being scaled back again.
“We’re certainly watching that to see whether that was a catalyst. We’re open to creative ideas and everything’s on the table,” she added.
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