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Delta variants affecting more youth, health officials say

Health officials said they are doing everything they can to make unvaccinated people comfortable.

Dallas — Overall, hospitals are seeing more COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Local doctors said they were looking at younger patients, and those patients were not vaccinated.

“I’m worried about the new virus (variant),” said Oak Cliff resident Gregory Streep.

As the Delta variant makes headlines every day, Streep said he’s doing everything with his power to stay safe. He was vaccinated a few months ago, but many around him have not yet been vaccinated.

“It surprises me,” Cliff said.

Local doctors said they were seeing more hospitalizations among young people.

“Patients we think are the healthiest, strongest, and unvaccinated. That’s the problem,” said Dr. Ashley Meusa, Associate Medical Director at the Formost Health Center.

Health officials said they are doing everything they can to make unvaccinated people comfortable. They are giving out goody bags, letting people know that it’s okay to get vaccinated.

“Our big driving force is to get young people vaccinated,” Meusa said.

Currently, there are as many hospitalizations in our area as in the first week of March, when most Texas people did not have access to the vaccine.

The Dallas Fort Worth Hospital Council said there were 336 patients admitted with COVID-19 in Dallas County. There are 401 hospitalized in Tarrant County. There are 162 hospitalized in Collin County and 53 in Denton County.

“Unfortunately, we saw it go from 900 to thousands,” said Steve Love of the Hospital Council.

What is worrisome about love is that most hospitalized patients are under the age of 65.

“I talk to doctors, and they are treating 20, 30, and 50,” Love explained.

He said he wanted to remind everyone that no one looked like a virus.

Good reminders from health authorities: Vaccines are free. You don’t even need an ID. All you have to do is sign up and get the vaccine.

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Delta variants affecting more youth, health officials say

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