Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg tests positive for COVID-19

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg announced Saturday on social media that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

Steinberg said he was experiencing a fever and cold-like symptoms.

“I am thankful that I am fully vaccinated,” Steinberg said. “I will quarantine at home and refrain from public events.”

The 61-year-old received his one-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine in April, hoping to encourage others to get vaccinated.

Dr. Dean Blumberg, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at UC Davis Children’s Hospital said COVID-19 vaccines are effective, but medical officials have expected breakthrough cases.

“What I am seeing is this is going to be the new normal,” Blumberg said. “The masks don’t work 100%, they decrease your risk of getting an infection. Same with the vaccine, they decrease the risk — nothing works 100%.

A new study from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention showed COVID vaccines decrease the risk of infection by over five times, but more importantly, they decrease the risk of hospitalization and death by more than 10 times.

The contagious Delta variant in Sacramento County affects the unvaccinated population more, but Dr. Olivia Kasirye is hopeful the spread of COVID-19 could be declining.

“It does seem like we might be on a downturn, but it’s a little early, so we’re still cautiously optimistic,” Kasirye said.

While breakthrough cases occur, as long as it keeps those who are vaccinated out of the hospital, Blumberg said the vaccine is working.

“We are going to keep seeing breakthrough cases, but as long as they are mild, as long as they result in mild illness, I think that is showing we are getting towards the end of this pandemic,” Blumberg said.

The vast majority of hospitalized cases are from those not vaccinated, Blumberg said.

Steinberg urged people to get vaccinated in his statement.

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