Health main moves Austin location to Phase 5 suggestions as COVID worsens

The Austin area’s prime health official place the community into its highest coronavirus menace level on Thursday, as intensive care units are being stuffed with youthful patients and hospitals’ calls for point out aid go unfulfilled.

Dr. Desmar Walkes, Austin-Travis County health authority, officially adopted Austin Community Health’s danger-primarily based rules for Phase 5 amid a spike in new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations pushed mainly by the delta variant, a very contagious mutation of the virus.

The recent tempo of COVID-19 spread is the quickest and most aggressive the Austin location has professional due to the fact the commence of the pandemic, Walkes mentioned.

“Just about all of our hospitalizations are owing to unvaccinated patients acquiring critical health issues,” Walkes stated Thursday. “We will not want you to be the person that has to select a ventilator alternatively of the vaccine. The delta variant is putting a strain on the ability for our workers to service the variety of folks coming in.”