Deaconess doctors: Delta is now most dominant variant in our community

Published: Jul. 19, 2021 at 10:25 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 19, 2021 at 10:31 AM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Officials with Deaconess Health System say the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus is now the dominant variant circulating in the community.

Deaconess officials tell us they received confirmation of this from the Indiana Department of Health laboratory.

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Officials with Deaconess tell us at the height of the pandemic, about 160 people were in the hospital with COVID-19. Since then, it’s come down and hovered in the single digits.

With the emergence of the Delta variant, they say it’s back up to the high 20s.

So far, officials say they’ve sent 60 samples to the state to be tested. Of the 34 that came back, 30 are the Delta variant.

Because of these results, they’re confident that most of the cases in the surrounding area are the Delta variant.

See the interview with Deaconess doctors here:

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