COVID-19 cases have increased across Flagler County and Florida for the past five weeks, Florida Department of Health-Flagler Health Officer Bob Snyder said on Flagler Broadcasting's Free For All Friday radio program on July 9.
Locally, there has been a 46% increase in a week, he said, including 88 cases that week, and 14 people in the hospital, including two in the ICU.
"We haven’t seen that in weeeks," he said. " .... The message can just continue to be: Vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate."
Snyder and FDOH Medical Director Dr. Stephen Bickel are available to answer questions from people who are on the fence or unsure about getting vaccinated, Snyder said.
The delta variant of the virus is spreading in Florida and is highly contagious, Bickel warned.
"If you're not vaccinated, that delta variant is a force to be reckoned with," Bickel said. "It is very contagious, more than the original, and you're not protected."
Snyder said that patients with the delta variant have been filling up hospital beds in some hospitals in Missouri.
"They haven't seen that in months," he said. "We're going backward in several states in the country, and I would hate to see Florida end up like that."
All 18 local pharmacies have the COVID-19 vaccine, as does the health department, Snyder said.