Bay Area health officials brace for possible 5th wave of COVID in time for Halloween

MARIN COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) – As summer approaches, North Bay public health officials warn of a possible fifth wave of COVID, just in time for fall gatherings and the holidays Halloween for kids.

Fall colors pervade the Mill Valley flower shop where Blair Phillips always tries to keep his staff safe.

“We’re all fully vaccinated here, drivers and designers and installers,” Phillips said.

Pumpkins and spider web decorations are making a comeback. But Marin County health officials say that’s not the only thing. COVID may be ready to resurface, just in time for Halloween.

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“Due to the weather, people will be moving indoors, it is a public holiday targeting the age group, 5 to 11 who are not vaccinated,” said Lisa Santora, deputy county public officer. Marine.

Dr Santora says Halloween parties and fall gatherings could lead to a fifth wave of COVID in a county where 90% of the population is vaccinated. But those who are not always present a risk to others.

“If we see more cases among the unvaccinated, we are at a higher risk of having capacity issues in hospitals to meet the needs of our community,” added Santora.

“I’m afraid of trick-or-treat, it could trigger another spike,” said Sausalito parent Shiela Paugh.

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Paugh rethinks Halloween.

Mill Valley pediatrician Dr. Lisa Dana has concerns of her own.

“Especially in our unvaccinated population, kids make treats, masks come off, eat candy,” Dana said.

Dr Dana tells families to be careful, but not to stop living, especially during a scary and fun time of year.

“It is important that all adults in a child’s life are immunized, it is a great way to protect the family,” Dana added.

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