Concerns about COVID, Fancy Farm

To the Editor,

I have concerns about the decision to proceed with the Fancy Farm picnic when COVID-19 cases are on the rise due to the potentially life-threatening Delta Variant that is far more contagious than any other version of the original strains.

The CDC map shows the level of community transmission in Graves County is alarmingly high with only 31.6% fully vaccinated. So we should be seeing roughly 70% of the unvaccinated wearing masks in Graves County. Sadly this is not the case.

So it is unlikely that this behavior will change even though masks are being made available at the picnic. With increasing breakthrough infections in the vaccinated, recent data indicates that the vaccinated can infect other vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.

The Surgeon General is now recommending that the vaccinated wear masks both indoors and outdoors to protect the unvaccinated living in your home, such as your children in counties where the level of transmission is substantially high. With a crowd of thousands expected to attend the picnic is social distancing even possible?

So it is crucial that as adults we behave responsibly by taking all the necessary precautions to prevent community events from becoming a super spreader of this dangerous and highly transmissible Delta Variant. It is up to all of us to do our part to keep our loved ones, our neighbors, and our communities healthy and safe.

Cindy Ray