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The Delta Variant And Why Fresno County Is Recommending That Vaccinated People Mask Back Up

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Fresno County Interim Health Officer Dr. Rais Vohra speaks during a virtual media call on July 22, 2021

As the Delta variant has made its way to the most prevalent COVID-19 variant in the state, other indicators of the pandemic have been rising as well. Statewide, case rates and positivity rates are four to five times higher than they were a month ago, and hospitals are slowly seeing a rise in COVID-positive patients as well.


That’s partly why, earlier this month, Los Angeles County became the first to reinstate a mask mandate for all people, regardless of vaccination status. Health officials in Fresno County have also joined many others to strongly recommend that people vaccinated against COVID-19 people to mask up indoors, though they stopped short of a mandate.


How concerning is the Delta variant, and what are the implications of rising cases for fully vaccinated people? FM89’s Kerry Klein answers these questions and more, featuring excerpts of media calls with Fresno County’s Interim Health Officer Dr. Rais Vohra. 

Kerry Klein is an award-winning reporter whose coverage of public health, air pollution, drinking water access and wildfires in the San Joaquin Valley has been featured on NPR, KQED, Science Friday and Kaiser Health News. Her work has earned numerous regional Edward R. Murrow and Golden Mike Awards and has been recognized by the Association of Health Care Journalists and Society of Environmental Journalists. Her podcast Escape From Mammoth Pool was named a podcast “listeners couldn’t get enough of in 2021” by the radio aggregator NPR One.
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