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Health Department staff quarantined after COVID exposure

Central District Health Dept.
Central District Health Dept.(Alicia Naspretto, KSNB)
Published: Jul. 20, 2021 at 9:56 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Eight members of the Central District Health Department staff are in quarantine after being exposed to COVID-19.

“The reason that we are quarantined is because this was a vaccine break-through, meaning the individual was fully vaccinated and still tested positive,” CDHD Director Teresa Anderson said. “Also she was fairly symptomatic when we were around her.”

Several of those workers are also vaccinated but decided to still take the precautions.

“Those of us who are vaccinated will be done Saturday night,” Anderson said. “Those of us who are not vaccinated and was exposed to those person who had the vaccine break-through COVID case will be quarantined for the whole 14 days.”

The sample is being sent out for further testing to see if it is the Delta variant, which Anderson said is much more dangerous and contagious. While the vaccine does help protect against the strain, there is still a chance people could catch it even after being fully vaccinated.

“Theoretically if you’re immunized, you should be protected against the Delta variant,” Anderson said. “But what we see in practice is that there are some breakthrough illnesses. They’re generally pretty mild, but even a mild illness right now is nothing we want to compete with.”

Anderson said this is a difficult time for them because there’s still a lot we don’t know about the Delta variant and now there’s a few others popping up as well.

“We know that in our area the tests we’ve submitted, we’ve identified nine different variants. There’s a lot of modifications of this virus and we’ll continue to see modifications until we get a handle on the spread.”

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