SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Dr. Chuck Merrill at Marian Regional Medical Center said he's not surprised to see the number of covid cases, once again, rising on the Central Coast.
"Because there was a psychology across the country that maybe this was ending," said Merrill.
But after the Fourth of July, he said people started traveling again.
"The Santa Monica Pier was packed with people … and not to surprisingly two and a half weeks later … we're seeing at the hospital both in LA County and here … an uptick in the number of COVID patients," said Merrill.
Serena Morales is fully vaccinated.
Bt she's still concerned about her health and safety.
"It's a little scary to hear … especially with people who aren't vaccinated with the new variant," said Morales.
Merrill believes the pandemic isn't going away any time soon, especially as each holiday approaches.
"We'll have the same risk that 4th of July did," said Merrill.
Merrill hopes between now and Labor Day, people will get vaccinated if they haven't done so already.
He recommends wearing a mask when you're in doors or in large crowds.
Marian doctors said most of the serious cases involve patients who did not get the COVID-19 vaccine.