Weekly Status Report
We took a break from reporting
Most U.S. states and jurisdictions are experiencing substantial or high levels of community transmission fueled by the spread of the highly contagious B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant. COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to increase, especially in communities with lower vaccination coverage like McLennan County. In the past 7 days, we have seen a 46%, 85%, and 350& increase in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and fatalities in McLennan County. While the number of people getting vaccinated also continues to increase, many people re-main unsure about getting vaccinated, and others do not plan to do so.
On July 27, 2021, CDC announced updated Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention Strategies based on emerging evidence of the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant. CDC recommends that all people, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission. A new CDC study supports previous findings that B.1.617.2 (Delta) is highly contagious, and is contributing to an in-crease in cases, including those with severe outcomes and those due to vaccine breakthrough infections. While vaccinated people can still develop COVID-19, they are far less likely to get severely sick or die than people who are unvaccinated.
Vaccination is the best tool we have for protecting ourselves and our loved ones against COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the United States continue to protect against severe illness, hospitalizations, and death. The Health District currently offers all three types of vaccine, including Pfizer, which is approved for ages 12+. Appointments and walk-ins are available in our community-based clinics, as well as at our main location at 225 W. Waco Dr. where vaccine is available Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. Vaccination is the simplest and most effective measure to help end this pandemic, and the Health District will continue to make every effort to make the COVID-19 vaccine available and accessible to our community.
Percentage of Population 12+ Vaccinated with At Least One Dose