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Seven new 'breakthrough' COVID-19 cases reported at Stanford in a week

Students who have the illness were vaccinated

In less than a week, Seven Stanford University students tested positive for COVID-19, the university announced July 22, 2021. Photo by Sinead Chang.

Seven vaccinated students at Stanford University have tested positive for COVID-19 this week, university leaders said in an announcement to students and staff on Thursday, July 22.

The positive cases are among students living on or near campus. The students are experiencing mild or moderate symptoms, according to the announcement from Russell Furr, associate vice provost of environmental health and safety and Dr. Rich Wittman, medical director of Stanford University Occupational Health Center.

The "breakthrough" cases of COVID-19, which are infections that occur in some vaccinated people, are often due to the delta variant, they said.

"The vaccines are very effective at preventing serious illness from COVID-19 in these situations, but individuals still may experience symptoms," they added.

Stanford is requiring the use of face coverings in indoor spaces that are open to the public and is recommending the use of face coverings in any indoor spaces that are crowded. The university has face covering requirements for classrooms, public transit, health care facilities and other places and has additional requirements for unvaccinated people.

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The university is closely monitoring the situation and the circumstances around the COVID-19 variants, they said. Vaccination rates at Stanford are above 90% for those who are reporting their status in Stanford's Health Check system, but the university is encouraging anyone who isn't yet vaccinated to do so if they are able.

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Seven new 'breakthrough' COVID-19 cases reported at Stanford in a week

Students who have the illness were vaccinated

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Fri, Jul 23, 2021, 9:44 am

Seven vaccinated students at Stanford University have tested positive for COVID-19 this week, university leaders said in an announcement to students and staff on Thursday, July 22.

The positive cases are among students living on or near campus. The students are experiencing mild or moderate symptoms, according to the announcement from Russell Furr, associate vice provost of environmental health and safety and Dr. Rich Wittman, medical director of Stanford University Occupational Health Center.

The "breakthrough" cases of COVID-19, which are infections that occur in some vaccinated people, are often due to the delta variant, they said.

"The vaccines are very effective at preventing serious illness from COVID-19 in these situations, but individuals still may experience symptoms," they added.

Stanford is requiring the use of face coverings in indoor spaces that are open to the public and is recommending the use of face coverings in any indoor spaces that are crowded. The university has face covering requirements for classrooms, public transit, health care facilities and other places and has additional requirements for unvaccinated people.

The university is closely monitoring the situation and the circumstances around the COVID-19 variants, they said. Vaccination rates at Stanford are above 90% for those who are reporting their status in Stanford's Health Check system, but the university is encouraging anyone who isn't yet vaccinated to do so if they are able.

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Green Gables
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Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 23, 2021 at 1:43 pm
Green Gables, Duveneck/St. Francis
Registered user
on Jul 23, 2021 at 1:43 pm

Why isn't everyone vaccinated at Stanford? I thought that is now their policy.


Quantum Bread
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Palo Alto Orchards
on Jul 23, 2021 at 4:05 pm
Quantum Bread, Palo Alto Orchards
Registered user
on Jul 23, 2021 at 4:05 pm

Everybody (100%) is not a reasonable expectation and greater than 90% is excellent. Medically, it may not be advisable in specific cases. Remember, individuals do have a choice.


Chris
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University South
on Jul 23, 2021 at 4:42 pm
Chris, University South
Registered user
on Jul 23, 2021 at 4:42 pm

Stanford requires vaccinations for students , faculty, and staff for fall quarter.


eileen
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College Terrace
on Jul 23, 2021 at 8:06 pm
eileen , College Terrace
Registered user
on Jul 23, 2021 at 8:06 pm

Quantum Bread, No, individuals should not have a choice when it comes to a Covid vaccine.
The Delta variant is very contagious and even fully vaccinated people can get infected. However, children, since they are not vaccinated, can get quite sick. We need to protect them too. EVERYONE absolutely should get a vaccine! I'm shocked that Stanford is not demanding that!


PA Community Advocate
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Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 23, 2021 at 8:59 pm
PA Community Advocate, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
Registered user
on Jul 23, 2021 at 8:59 pm

Does anyone know what % of Pfizer/Moderna vaccinated adults have caught covid? Expecting this to be quite small.

The clinical trials indicated there was going to be <8% chance of being infected even with the vaccination. Essentially, breakthrough cases were going to happen and we shouldn’t be surprised.

We should continue to celebrate that with these vaccines hospitalization and deaths have plummeted. We should be congratulating the scientists behind this - not the politicians or bureaucrats who continue to push their own agendas.


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