The County Board of Supervisors today got the results of a brand-new local survey with information about why some are still hesitant to get vaccinated and approved an investment of $24 million in federal funds to support COVID-19 action in high-risk communities.
Initially, the Board got an update on COVID-19 rates in San Diego County.
The number of local COVID-19 cases has been rising the past few weeks, increasing the case rate from 1.9 cases per 100,000 residents on June 15 to 3.7 cases per 100,000 citizens now. The day-to-day case count increased to 355 on July 12 and has been at or above 200 for the last 7 days.
” We are now seeing about double the number of cases that were being reported a month back,” stated Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “This has actually caused a 46% boost in hospitalizations and 10% uptake in extensive care system admissions in the past couple of weeks. We anticipate further boosts in ICU admissions considering that they drag the trend in cases and hospitalizations.”
COVID-19 alternative cases likewise are increasing. 10 variations have been recognized in the area, 4 of them having been designated as versions of issue, consisting of the Delta variant. To date, 107 cases of the Delta variation have actually been reported in the area.
Vaccine Survey Findings
The Board likewise received an update on the second countywide vaccine confidence study. The survey was carried out between June 13 and 24 to figure out the most typical issues amongst locals who are hesitant to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
The survey determined three focus locations:
County locals who received their first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine and are past due for their second dose
Since they feel they do not have adequate relied on details, homeowners who are reluctant about getting the vaccine
San Diegans who are vaccine resistant
” We are now seeing about double the number of cases that were being reported a month earlier,” stated Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. COVID-19 variant cases also are increasing. The survey also revealed a divide amongst race/ethnicity and gender lines. Close to half of the guys who reacted to the survey said they were most likely to eventually get vaccinated, while only one-third of females prepared to get immunized. About half of all respondents of color said they were likely to get the vaccine, while almost two-thirds of white respondents stated they were unlikely to do so.
Residents who stated they were not likely to get immunized were most concerned about potential negative effects of the vaccines. Another typical concern was that vaccine development was rushed.
The survey likewise revealed a divide amongst race/ethnicity and gender lines. Close to half of the guys who responded to the survey stated they were likely to eventually get vaccinated, while just one-third of females planned to get vaccinated. About half of all participants of color said they were likely to get the vaccine, while nearly two-thirds of white participants said they were not likely to do so.
The findings of the study were shown the medical community recently to better assistance physicians and suppliers address client concerns surrounding vaccinations. The County is in the process of customizing messaging, developing tools, and dealing with its partners to increase access to info in locations with low vaccination rates.
More Funding to eliminate COVID-19
The Board likewise voted to accept more than $24 million in federal funds to attend to COVID-19 in high-risk populations and neighborhoods.
The funds from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be used to develop and carry out techniques to improve the local COVID-19 action and avoidance capacity through testing, tracing and vaccination in populations that are underserved and at high danger for COVID-19, including racial and ethnic minority groups and people residing in rural communities.
The County COVID-19 Health Disparities Project, a partnership with community partners and contracted service providers, will likewise help to improve public health data systems and access to health and social services, lower health variations and expand health equity in susceptible populations and communities.
In addition, the Board licensed the acceptance of $4.5 million in funding from the State to broaden the Community Health Worker design to work with regional community groups to supply COVID-19 vaccination assistance, communications and outreach.
The Board likewise took another action on a spending strategy to offer real estate, direct payments and legal help to individuals experiencing homelessness or are at danger of losing their home.
Another objective is to expand the Safe Haven transitional housing program in the City of San Diego, which is designed around the Boards damage decrease methods to decrease the unfavorable effects associated with drug usage. The expansion of the program will cost about $4.6 million and requires having three different websites with as much as 25 beds.
The County will likewise examine options to develop a plan to provide direct stimulus payments to kids and youth living with foster care families.
Furthermore, todays action enables the County to broaden by $10 million legal services for those dealing with expulsion, and $5 million for collaborated expulsion avoidance services.
These actions align with the Countys Live Well San Diego vision by broadening vital behavioral health services to vulnerable populations and taking more action to continue to guarantee people and households throughout the area have real estate and other services to support their health and well-being