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Leaders from Ontario County, Thompson Hospital call on public to get boosted: 74% of hospitalized patients are unvaccinated

Health officials in Ontario County are calling on residents to get boosted against COVID-19.

Since the Thanksgiving holiday, Ontario County and surrounding areas have seen a surge in the number of people both testing positive for COVID-19 and requiring hospitalization. Avoid a hospitalization by getting the COVID-19 vaccine series and booster dose now.

According to UR Thompson Health, the number of hospitalized patients for COVID-19 complications is increasing. Mary Beer, Director of Ontario County Public Health and Michael Stapleton, President and CEO of UR Thompson Health share concerns over the increased number of unvaccinated hospitalized COVID-19 patients.

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“In a sample of 200 COVID 19 positive residents, 61.5% of the Ontario County community cases are unvaccinated. Nearly 34.5% cases lack the COVID-19 booster dose and 3.5% have received only a partial dose of COVID 19 vaccine. We know that booster doses work. For residents with a booster dose, only 0.5% of positive cases have tested positive,” Beer said.

Stapleton added that more than 74% of the patients hospitalized with COVID at Thompson Hospital are unvaccinated.

“Ontario County Public Health and UR Thompson Health are working together to prevent further spread of COVID-19 in our community, but we need everyone’s help. YOU can help by wearing your face covering properly in all public areas, practicing social distancing, staying out of indoor crowds, washing your hands frequently and staying home if you are sick,” Beer added.



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