Source: NPR - Link
Asante’s Blumhardt blames the current surge on the highly transmissible Delta variant, but also on widespread rejection of the coronavirus vaccine in this area.
“This is far more severe for this region than the prior COVID waves,” he says. “The Delta virus is passing through the region like a buzzsaw.”
Inside the Asante ICU in Medford, Chelsea Orr, a registered nurse, is closely monitoring patients.
It’s the conservative areas that are getting creamed now. At one point they were somewhat protected due to low density. That is no longer the case. Vaccinations are now up in these areas but it will take a while for them to catch up to the cities.