On Tuesday, Austin-Travis County Well being Authority Dr. Desmar Walkes and Austin Public Well being interim Director Adrienne Stirrup up to date the Travis County Commissioners Court docket on Covid-19 and vaccination efforts within the county.
“Up to now, we now have not obtained a confirmed case of the Delta variant from the state lab,” Walkes informed commissioners on July 13. “Nonetheless, we do know that it’s in Central Texas neighboring communities. So we now have to imagine that we do have it right here – that’s notably evident in the truth that our case numbers are beginning to rise.”
The next day, an APH press launch confirmed 4 circumstances of the Delta variant in Travis County.
Though 52 % of the county inhabitants is totally vaccinated and greater than 70 % of eligible residents have had at least one dose of the vaccine, Walkes reported a latest uptick within the variety of Covid circumstances. Walkes pressured that the entire individuals who had obtained a single dose of the vaccine “should go and get that second shot to get totally coated.”
“We’ve now been seeing a rise within the variety of circumstances which is one thing that we’ve seen prior to now, after holidays the place we’ve had household gatherings,” she stated. “On this case, nonetheless, we’ve seen the doubling of our seven-day moving-average (of Covid hospitalizations).”
So far, the county has recorded 85,486 circumstances of Covid-19 and distributed over 400,000 doses of the vaccine.
“There’s been a doubling of admissions within the 20- to 29-year-old age group, and a doubling of admissions within the 70- to 79-year-old age group.” Walkes stated.
“We’re seeing a consultant change within the numbers on account of gatherings which have occurred.”
Walkes moreover stated that since December there have been 333 breakthrough circumstances – Covid circumstances occurring among the many vaccinated inhabitants. Fourteen of these circumstances required hospitalization, although all sufferers recovered. 4 had been male and 10 had been feminine. Of the three who died, two had been already in long-term care amenities. Two had obtained the Pfizer vaccine and one obtained Moderna.
“We’ve had actually good efficacy of the vaccines that we’ve deployed. Vaccines proceed to be the easiest way to guard our group from Covid-19,” Walkes stated. “We’ve to grasp that the best way out of this pandemic is for everybody to get vaccinated.”
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