File photo.

File photo.

Four COVID-19 variants are more likely to cause hospitalization

Four COVID-19 variants are more likely to put you in the hospital, according to the Washington State Department of Health.

The Delta, Alpha, Beta and Gamma variants of COVID-19 have higher rates of hospitalization in unvaccinated people compared to the original strain of the virus, research by the DOH confirms.

The study examined around 23,000 people in Washington who became infected with one of the COVID-19 strains, and 90% of the people were under age 60, according to the study. At the time of the study, the majority of the subjects were unvaccinated.

The study found that people infected with the Gamma and Beta variants were at the highest risk of being hospitalized. The Delta and Alpha variants showed higher rates of hospitalization compared to other variants of the virus, according to the study.

People who are vaccinated are at a lesser risk of being hospitalized with any of the COVID-19 variants compared to those who are unvaccinated, according to the study.

The findings from this study are corroborated by similar studies across the globe, according to the study.

In King County, 5.3% of all positive cases resulted in hospitalization, according to the King County COVID-19 dashboard. In the past 14 days, 177 people have been hospitalized with COVID-19 in King County, and 23 people died from the virus in the same time frame.

According to the dashboard, an average of 15 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 each day in King County.


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@rentonreporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.rentonreporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in News

This screenshot from Auburn Police Department bodycam footage shows an officer about to fire his weapon and kill dog on May 13, 2022.
Auburn police shoot dog, and owner claims it wasn’t justified

See videos of attack as well as bodycam footage of officer firing at dog.

File photo.
King County Council approves creation of Cannabis Safety Taskforce amid rash of dispensary robberies

The multi-agency task force will cooperate to find ways to improve safety in the cash-only industry.

File photo.
Renton man pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from hair salon robbery in Seattle

Investigators say the man stole $55,000 worth of jewerly and property from someone inside the salon.

U.S. Department of Justice logo.
Renton man sentenced for killing of woman in Olympic National Forest

Authorities say the he brutally beat to death the California woman who he was having an affair with.

Screenshot from GoRenton.com
Registration is open for 7th Annual Renton Career Fair

The event will be held at Renton Technical College on June 3.

Screenshot from ORCA website
New ORCA system launches for regional transit across the Puget Sound

Overhaul includes new website, mobile application and digital business account manager.

Judged by XII: A King County Local Dive podcast. The hands shown here belong to Auburn Police Officer Jeffrey Nelson, who has been charged with homicide in the 2019 death of Jesse Sarey.
JUDGED BY XII (Episode 4): Foster mom wants accountability in Auburn cop’s upcoming murder trial

Special podcast series explores Auburn Police Officer Jeffrey Nelson’s role in the death of Jesse Sarey.

Diane Renee Erdmann and Bernard Ross Hansen. Photos courtesy of FBI
FBI arrests Auburn couple after 11-day manhunt

The couple was previously convicted for fraud and skipped sentencing on April 29.

FILE PHOTO: King County Sheriff’s Office deputies.
Dozens of King County Sheriff’s Office employees left jobs instead of getting vaccinated

This added on to the existing number of vacancies in the department.

Most Read