Austin Public Well being is recommending everybody – together with those that are vaccinated – put on a face masking indoors as Covid-19 instances proceed rising in Austin and Travis County.
Native Well being Authority Dr. Desmar Walkes advised a joint session of Travis County commissioners and Austin Metropolis Council members on Tuesday that hospitalizations are up amongst all age teams.
“We don’t must reinvent the wheel. We all know what to do. We all know what works,” Walkes mentioned. “Masks cease the unfold, and vaccinations cease extreme illness and sickness.”
Austin reported 38 new hospital admissions on Monday, bringing the seven-day common to 30, a stage that would ship the world to stage 4 of APH’s risk-based guidelines. The realm was moved as much as stage 3 guidance just last week after the state confirmed the primary instances of the extremely contagious Delta variant in Travis County.
Intensive care unit admissions are rising, too. Walkes mentioned virtually the entire sufferers in these beds will not be vaccinated.
“Nearly the entire instances we’re seeing proper now from case investigations are in people who find themselves unvaccinated, and virtually the entire people who find themselves being hospitalized are unvaccinated,” Walkes mentioned. “However all of us have to take precautions, put on a masks to cease the unfold, and all people must be vaccinated to forestall extreme illness.”
Walkes mentioned greater than 150 “breakthrough” instances had been reported within the Austin space since final week. A breakthrough case is when somebody who’s totally vaccinated turns into contaminated with Covid-19. She mentioned about 25 % of these individuals had been asymptomatic carriers, that means they didn’t present any signs of the sickness.
“That once more stresses the significance of our group staying dwelling after they’re sick, carrying a masks to forestall the unfold and for positive getting vaccinated, as a result of these are people who for essentially the most half have had delicate to no illness,” Walkes mentioned.
Circumstances and hospitalizations amongst kids are additionally going up. On Monday, Austin Public Well being issued new steering recommending all kids beneath the age of 12 put on masks when returning to high school subsequent month.
Covid-19 instances have been rising in Texas since late June. Whereas the variety of confirmed instances is nowhere close to the excessive of 27,000 on Dec. 29, the state went from having 124 confirmed instances on June 21 to a brand new spike of three,500 on July 15, based on data from the Texas Department of State Health Services. The variety of confirmed instances on July 18, the latest date out there, is 889.
In the meantime, the variety of each day hospitalizations reported in Texas has doubled within the final month. State data shows that after plateauing in June, hospitalizations went from a low of 1,428 hospitalizations on June 27 to three,042 on July 18.
And whereas instances and hospitalizations go up throughout the nation, vaccination charges have been declining. According to an APM Research Lab analysis, 10.1 million Covid-19 vaccines had been administered between June 28 and July 11, the bottom level for the reason that nationwide vaccination marketing campaign started in January.
In Travis County, 70.1 % of residents 12 years or older have acquired not less than one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, in comparison with 59.5 % statewide, state data shows.
A recent analysis by NPR and John Hopkins University discovered counties with low vaccination charges have gotten or already are Covid-19 scorching spots, together with some in Texas.
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