BROWNSVILLE, Texas (KVEO)—Cameron County health officials warned that the Delta variant of the coronavirus is on its way to the Rio Grande Valley.
During a press conference held on Monday, health officials continued to plead with those individuals who have not been vaccinated to please go get the vaccine.
According to Cameron County Health Authority Dr. James Castillo, the Delta variant is more contagious than the COVID-19 virus.
“Israel had COVID under complete control, and now they are having a surge and an update because of the variant,” said Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño.
Manny Vela, Valley Baptist Medical Center CEO, emphasized the importance of getting vaccinated.
“When you have 19 out of 21 individuals in the hospital who are not vaccinated, that just to me leads to a conversation about the opportunity for what still remains a relatively large percent of our population that has not been vaccinated,” said Vela. “The vaccination will keep you out of our hospitals.
“There is another wave coming, and that wave is the Delta Variant,” said Castillo.
The variant, first identified in India, is the “most transmissible” of the COVID variants identified thus far, said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at a media briefing.
Tedros blamed the increased transmission of the Delta Variant on the inequitable distribution of vaccines in poorer countries, warning that the same thing happened during the AIDS crisis and the 2009 swine flu pandemic.
Castillo said that Texas is already experiencing an increase in the number of the Delta variant cases.
“Even though we haven’t had a case detected here in the Valley yet, we know what is coming in a month or two,” said Castillo. “Now that the vaccine is available everywhere, start your vaccination course.”
“If you catch Delta and you have been vaccinated, the chances of ending in the ICU or dying, are extremely low,” said Castillo. “If you are unvaccinated, this is really contagious. We don’t know if it makes you sicker but it is definitely easier to catch this.”
The last COVID-19 related press conference held by Treviño took place in March, 2021.