8 North Carolina State Baseball Players Tested Positive For Highly Contagious Delta Variant, Chancellor Says
RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – The eight North Carolina State University baseball players who tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend have the Delta variant of the virus, according to the Chancellor of the ‘North Carolina State University, Randy Woodson.
After COVID-19 forced the Wolfpack out of the College World Series, the university reported that some of the players who tested positive had already been vaccinated.
Infectious disease experts at Duke and UNC say it’s unusual if players were fully vaccinated.
“The reality is that for people who have been vaccinated, the number of breakthroughs is usually incredibly low,” explained Dr. Cameron Wolfe, Duke’s infectious disease expert.
Currently, the CDC only tracks groundbreaking cases that result in hospitalization or death. CDC statistics show 4,115 of these cases among more than 150 million fully vaccinated people.
If fully vaccinated people test positive, doctors say they are less likely to get very sick and less likely to spread the virus.
“If you’re unlucky enough to be part of the breakouts, your symptoms are mild. Often times, they’re non-existent, ”Wolfe said.
Woodson and North Carolina State Athletics Director Boo Corrigan provided an update on the official website of the university athletics department Monday afternoonnm This is where Woodson revealed the news of the Delta variant.
“We understand the results. Believe me. There is no doubt about the results, ”said Woodson. “We understand the seriousness of the positive tests of eight players and the fact that this was the Delta variant, which is… super contagious and is quickly emerging in the country as potentially another wave of infection. So we understand. This is worrying.
The highly contagious Delta variant is becoming more and more common in the United States, but doctors say the vaccines we have available still protect people from the worst consequences of COVID.
“Ultimately, surely the biggest benefit of any vaccine is to keep you from getting sick enough to go to the hospital or God forbid, that’s the point here,” Wolfe said.