LAFAYETTE - Federal, state and city health officials are concerned over the newest covid-19 variant, Delta.
Delta is proving itself to be more contagious than any other variant in the United States right now and it's posing a great threat to Louisiana.
Covid-19's Delta variant has already dominated India, taken over the U.K. and has now entered the U.S. Now because the variant is so agressive health officals are urging people to get vaccinated.
"There will come a time probably in the future that there will be a need for more regulations if we don't take a hold of the situation right now." said Hebert
Right now Louisiana needs 80% of it's population fully vaccinated to reach hurd immunity. Today we only have 33% which is why Doctors like Britni Hebert of Lafayette Internal Medicine Clinic fear that the Delta variant could set us back.
"We haven't beaten this virus yet. The only way to do that is to have enough people vaccinated and were just not there." said Hebert
Delta, the newest and deadliest covid strain has been strengthening itself more and more each day. It gains weight in our state when people don't get vaccinated and according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention majority of hospitlizations are patients who are not vaccinated.
"It's going to get easier to transfer like Delta, it's going to get better at making us sicker like Delta. It's going to bypass our natural antibodies that we already have like Delta." said Hebert
Doctor Cassandra Pillette with Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center thinks loosened Coronavirus restrictions are partially to blame for the lack of vaccinations. Pillette thinks it's made a false narrative, that the pandemic is over.
"The virus dictates the rules. If our community doesn't get vaacinated there is increased potential for our population to contract more serious illness from the virus leading to increased hospitalizations." said Pillette
Right now 273 Louisianians are in the hospital because of covid and 34 are on ventilators according to The Louisiana Department of Health.
Both Hebert and Palette agree that if we don't get a hold of our vaccination rates and soon then loosened Covid-19 restrictions won't be so loose anymore. Some of those tightened restrictions could include having the statewide mask mandate reinstated and putting bars back to a limited capacity.