August 2, 2021
When we selected August as the time to return to in-person programming, some thought we were being too conservative. Infection rates were down and vaccination rates were up, especially among the most vulnerable populations. Now we have been thrown a curveball – the Delta variant.
August was selected for our return to in-person events based on the availability of vaccines and to make sure people had enough time to get their shots and to be fully covered. We are endeavoring to build in additional safety options into our events to include less density at tables, wrist bands for those who wish to maintain their distance, hand sanitizing stations, and virtual options. We strongly recommend wearing masks and will provide them if you forget yours.
The Delta variant is a real threat and if we want to meet in person, we all must look out for each other. The vaccine protects us, in most cases, from death or hospitalization – however, it’s not a shield from infection. I had what I thought was a sinus infection and went to get tested out of what I thought was an abundance of caution, since I had been vaccinated months ago. I was shocked when they informed me I was positive for COVID. To the best of my knowledge, I did not spread it, and I was diagnosed early enough in the course of the virus to receive the monoclonal antibody treatment. The bad news is I could have infected others because I was convinced that all I had was a sinus infection. The moral of my story is don’t assume, get tested and act like you have COVID until you find out you don’t.
If the recent surge in cases attributed to the Delta variant has made you feel uncomfortable attending an event in person, please contact us. We will give you a refund or credit for a future event. We have virtual options available as well.
If you have not been vaccinated, I encourage you to have the discussion with your health care provider. Please mask up, separate and sanitize. Hopefully this wave will end soon. I know we are all ready to see this in the rearview mirror.
Wishing you good health and look forward to seeing you soon!
Chip Cherry, CCE
President and CEO
Huntsville/Madison County Chamber