NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – The hundreds of thousands gathered this weekend downtown and those numbers have doctors worried about a surge in COVID cases.

The director of the Division of Infectious Diseases explained why they are now concerned about this new Delta Variant. Since the recent 4th of July celebration in downtown Nashville could soon mean a rise in cases.

"It's likely that there were transmission events that occurred during the 4th of July celebrations just given the number of people in close proximity," David Aronoff said.

Aronoff has been working to end the pandemic since it started. He said the bad news is that the Delta variant is here and it's much more contagious. The good news is the current vaccine does work against it.

"And it pains me every time I see somebody who is struggling for air in our intensive care unite with a disease that is now vaccine preventable," Aronoff said.

It's why he is, once again, asking people to get the shot.

"We need to be moving forward and not backwards," Aronoff said. "Every person can play a part in putting COVID-19 in the rear-view mirror."

But the doctor is not alone in his concerns.

"I've heard that it's even more contagious than the first virus," Nashville resident Pilar Guevara said about the variant.

"It's a different strain in the U.S. it's a little bit stronger and people that got the shot still need to be worried about it," Kristen Wertz, a Nashville resident, said.

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