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Austin-Texas sees first post-vaccination surge in cases of COVID-19, new Delta variants pointing up, and states that fully unvaccinated people are facing the worst. Medical experts say.
Newly identified cases and hospitalizations have been on the rise since late June, but far below the pace of last summer, when deadly and highly contagious viruses squeezed resources and severely stagnated the economy. ..
The current trend is manageable, but worrisome, said a Texas hospital official. But perhaps the most annoying factor is that it’s easy to avoid an increase in cases, he added.
Dr. Wesley Long, an infectious disease expert and director of the Department of Diagnostic Microbiology at the Houston Methodist Hospital, said:
On Tuesday, nearly 200 patients were hospitalized for COVID at Houston Methodist. Houston Methodist has emerged as one of the country’s leading treatment facilities for the virus. As of Sunday, more than 3,000 COVID patients were hospitalized throughout the state, according to what is recently available. State figures..
However, the number of states was very different from a year ago and even six months ago. On July 21, 2020, Texas Hospital was caring for 10,893 COVID patients. It was the best of summer. The winter peak arrived on January 11, 14,218. Hospitalizations began to decline dramatically in mid-March and leveled off to a minimum in more than a year on June 27, when there were only 1,428 COVID patients in Texas hospitals.
Chris Van Duesen, a spokesman for the Texas Department of State Health Services, said his office did not collect vaccination rate data for inpatient COVID patients, but according to anecdotal reports from all over the state, COVID More than 96% of people in the hospital because of this were not completely vaccinated.
Texas, like many parts of the country, enjoyed a return to normal summer after COVID cases, hospitalizations and deaths continued to increase for over a year. But last weekend, Austin-American Statesman tested positive for CIVID, despite being completely vaccinated, three of nearly 60 Democrats who fled in protest against Washington, DC. That self-satisfaction was interrupted when he reported that.
By Monday, six members had tested positive.
The· The state is below the national average of full vaccinationHowever, the rates for most metropolitan counties in the state, and border counties that were hit hard, were above or close to 60% as of this week.
Van Deusen said the current rise has become like a celebration of COVID recovery, unlike last summer’s surge, where restrictions were relaxed as Memorial Day weekend approached. He said he couldn’t make a definitive connection on the weekend.
“It’s really about the spread of Delta variants much easier,” he said, and his agency is editing data to quantify Delta’s share of Texas’ overall COVID case load. I added.
Medical experts say that people who are not completely vaccinated with COVID-19 should still practice wearing masks and increasing social distance. However, Governor Greg Abbott lifted the obligation on the remaining masks in March, explicitly banning cities and counties from issuing new ones. Most major retailers have also adopted mask option policies in recent weeks.
Abbott spokesman Renea Eze reiterated on Tuesday calling on the governor to set aside protracted concerns about vaccination in Texas, and state officials urged to bring as much dose as possible to Texas. He said he was promoting it.
“Vaccines are the most effective defense against COVID infection and serious illness and continue to encourage all qualified Texas people to be vaccinated. COVID vaccines are always voluntary and Texas. Will not be forced by. “
For a long time, Harris Methodist infection experts have said that most people infected with the virus after vaccination avoid the tragic effects of the virus, including death.
“Overall, the vast majority of people we see with severe illness are not vaccinated,” Long said. “The same is true for people in hospitals and ICUs.”
Many other vaccinated people came to the hospital for another reason and were tested for COVID as a daily problem and were unaware that they had the virus, Long said.
“They find that they are COVID-positive and even the delta mutants are some kind of shock, because they are completely asymptomatic or have only mild symptoms,” Long said. Told. “It’s like,’I thought I was allergic.'”
John C. Moritz is responsible for Texas Government and Politics at the USA Today Network in Austin. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @JohnnieMo..
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