HIGH POINT, N.C. (WGHP) — All of Cone Health’s COVID-19 patients either say they are unvaccinated or did not report their vaccination status to the healthcare system, Cone Health Director of Government Affairs Ryan Blackledge clarified.
On Wednesday, Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan shared a screenshot of a message from Cone’s government affairs office on Twitter. The message was not a public statement from Cone Health Public Relations.
“FACT from @ConeHealth ‘Alarming Statistic: 100% of those hospitalized and being treated for COVID-19 within our system are unvaccinated,'” Vaughan wrote. “Please protect yourself and loved ones from getting sick or from being a spreader and getting someone else sick.”
Blackledge clarified that all of Cone Health’s COVID-19 patients either self-reported that they were not vaccinated or did not report their vaccination status. Patients may not have reported their vaccination status by choice or because they were incapable of reporting at the time.
The update comes as an increasing number of people are being hospitalized with COVID-19 due to the highly contagious Delta variant.
On July 2, Cone Health says there were 7 patients in their healthcare system being treated for COVID-19. On July 20, that had increased all the way to 28, doubled from a week ago when it was only 14.
Experts say that at this trajectory, they could be up to 120-130 hospitalizations by the fall. Which is half of where hospitalizations were during that time last year but is still a huge increase from the spring,
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According to the NCDHHS, 49% of North Carolinians have had a least one shot.