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Published on August 03, 2021

What you need to know about the delta variant

What you need to know about the COVID-19 Delta variant

Viruses – all of them – change. We witness it annually with colds and the flu. Now, the world is seeing it with COVID-19.

Each time the COVID-19 virus infects someone, it can change its genetic material. Usually, this change does not affect us, but sometimes the virus grows stronger and more infectious. More cases of COVID-19 mean an increased likelihood of variants.

Enter the Delta variant.

  • The COVID-19 Delta variant changed its genetic material, making it different from earlier strains in the pandemic. It made itself more infectious and is responsible for most cases COVID-19 cases in the U.S.
  • Delta is driving cases and hospitalizations. Ninety-seven percent of COVID-19 hospitalizations are those who are unvaccinated, and there is a rise in hospitalizations in young and middle-aged groups.
  • Those who are vaccinated and infected by Delta experienced mild symptoms. The best way to protect yourself against any COVID-19 variant is to get vaccinated.

Get vaccinated

The shots are free for everyone and Gundersen has enough vaccines to protect everyone. Wearing a mask in public spaces and social distancing are also great ways to slow the spread of COVID-19.

View more COVID-19 data tracking here.

what to expect

We've taken steps at all our locations to keep you and our staff healthy and safe. Here's what to expect when you visit us.

Stay safe