The majority of new COVID-19 cases are in unvaccinated people

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According to DHR Health officials, the majority of new COVID-19 cases in the Rio Grande Valley are showing up in unvaccinated people.

DHR doctors reported an increase in cases over the past two weeks, reaching a triple-digit increase in people testing positive for the virus.

“I would say two weeks ago we had about two or five positives in one week, and then we went up to 14,” said Dr. Marissa Gomez-Martinez, physician executive of DHR Urgent Care.

Dr. Gomez-Martinez said while both vaccinated and unvaccinated people are testing positive for the virus, most cases are people who haven’t received the shot.

“One member of the family is getting it, and then it’s spreading to the families,” Gomez-Martinez said. “Camps are what we’ve seen— the children going to camps and getting exposed there, bringing it home to unvaccinated people or even a couple of vaccinated people. And travel; we’ve been seeing a lot of people after traveling. They’re getting home and not feeling well.”

It’s for this reason that DHR doctors are encouraging the public to wear masks in public places. 

DHR offers vaccinations from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, at the Conference Center.

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