Health officials will be monitoring the situation closely over the next few days to determine if the area leaves stage 5.
AUSTIN, Texas – As of Tuesday night’s COVID-19 dashboard update, Austin-Travis County has officially reached territory that could downgrade the area from Stage 5 to Stage 4.
Currently, the 7-day moving average of new admissions to the region is 49. The threshold to move from Stage 4 to Stage 5 is 50. Austin has been in Stage 5 since late July.
In a statement provided to KVUE on Tuesday, the Austin Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management said it would continue to monitor the situation over the next few days before issuing the call to move the steps.
“While the APH monitors the 7-day moving average of new COVID-19 hospital admissions as a primary key indicator for risk-based guidelines, additional key indicators, including the positivity rate, doubling time for new cases and current intensive care and ventilated patients. , are being monitored to determine the current staging, ”said Matt Lara of Austin HSEM. “We will continue to assess these other data points to determine if / when step 4 will take place.”
In a meeting Tuesday morning, public health officials in Austin continued to urge residents to mask themselves, socially distance themselves, and get vaccinated, despite settings appearing to be improving. Cases are starting to drop again and the positivity rate also appears to be dropping.
“We don’t know if it’s because we’re really seeing a decrease in the number of positive cases or if some people are starting to use antigen testing more, because when we report those numbers of tests, we look at the PCR Test, confirmatory testing numbers. But overall it appears to be true, ”said Dr Desmar Walkes, Austin medical director.
Due to changes in guidelines after the delta variant, during step 4, the unvaccinated are still advised to avoid shopping and private gatherings and to choose take-out options with meals. The main change between steps 4 and 5 is that essential travel is allowed in step 4.
For the vaccinated, the main change is that people at high risk can participate in most daily activities, gatherings and travel. Masks are still strongly encouraged for those vaccinated at stage 4.
GRAPHICS: coronavirus data September 21, 2021
Here’s a look at the latest data as of Tuesday night:
7-day moving average of current hospitalizations:
- Hospitalized – 513
- Intensive care – 216
- On fans – 150
7-day moving average of new confirmed cases:
7-day moving average for doubling time:
Overall positive weekly percentage:
- In ICU – 195
- On fans – 137
Total number of cases since the start of the pandemic:
- Collections – 108,793
- Active cases – 3,967
- Death – 1,058
Travis County also reached the milestone of 70% of the eligible population becoming fully immunized.
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