Every single COVID-19 indicator in Idaho is heading in the wrong direction.
- The number of cases has started to rise.
- The statewide seven-day moving average of cases per 100,000 has risen from a low of 3.4 on July 5 to 10.1 on July 22.
- COVID-19 testing positivity is increasing from a low of 2.8 percent four weeks ago to 5.7 percent this week.
- The number of long-term care facilities with active COVID cases has risen from a low of 14 a few weeks ago to 24 on July 23.
I am concerned, as many of you are, about what this means as we approach flu season, head back to school, and return to indoor activities.
The best way to protect yourself, your family and friends from COVID-19 is to get the COVID-19 vaccine. As of today, 49.1 percent of those 12 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine. We all need those numbers to go up, and we are counting on the people of Idaho to get vaccinated.
We need more people to choose to get vaccinated. The reality of our current COVID-19 situation is that the pandemic is disproportionately affecting the unvaccinated. And, because children under 12 cannot get vaccinated at this time, the best way to protect them and others who can’t get vaccinated is to make sure those around them are vaccinated.Continue reading “From DHW Director Dave Jeppesen: I urge you to choose to get the COVID-19 vaccine as the number of COVID-19 cases are on the rise”