Vaccinated Galveston County woman with pre-existing conditions dies of COVID-19, authorities say – Houston Chronicle

A Galveston County woman who was fully vaccinated against COVID-19 has died of the virus, the Galveston County Health District said.

The woman, who was between 61 and 70, had pre-existing medical conditions. She died July 15, but county officials reported the death on Friday. The health district did not provide any additional information about the woman.

Nearly all COVID-19 deaths in the United States are among the unvaccinated, the Associated Press reported. While “breakthrough” infections of vaccinated people are possible, the news organization found they accounted for just 1.1 percent of all virus hospitalizations at the end of June.

Of the 18,000 American COVID-19 deaths in May, 0.8 percent were vaccinated people.

Health officials strongly urge residents to get inoculated, which they say is the best way to protect against COVID-19.

Vaccinations become increasingly important as the pandemic worsened significantly in the Houston area in July.

On July 1, the region’s positivity rate was 3.9 percent and 620 people were hospitalized with the virus. By Saturday, the positivity rate had risen to 12.3 percent and 2,101 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized.

Harris County’s rate of fully vaccinated residents increased just 3.2 percent for the month, to 54.5 percent.