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COVID risk downgraded in three local counties in latest CDC update

AUSTIN (KXAN) – The risk of COVID-19 in three local counties has been downgraded in the CDC’s latest weekly update.

Each week since Feb. 24, the CDC has assigned each county nationwide a “COVID-19 community level” based on the impact of the virus on the local population.

In the Thursday, September 8 update, Lampas County moved from high to moderate risk, while Fayette and Llano counties moved from moderate to low risk.

Milam County is now the only high-risk local county.

Travis and Williamson counties are low risk, while Hayes County is medium risk.

How is the community level calculated?

The low, medium and high risk categories were determined based on three factors: the number of new cases in the past 7 days, the number of new hospital admissions in the past 7 days, and the percentage of beds staffed hospitals used by COVID-19. the patients.

The first thing to consider is the number of new cases per 100,000 population over the past 7 days. If the number of new cases is more than 200, the county cannot be considered low risk.

Then, the hospitalization and inpatient bed utilization thresholds change depending on whether the county has fewer or more than 200 new cases per 100,000 population.

Here are the numbers for each county in the KXAN viewing area. Remember to consider the number of new cases first. If the number exceeds 200, the county cannot be considered low risk. Then, the hospitalization and inpatient bed utilization thresholds change depending on whether the county has fewer or more than 200 new cases per 100,000 population.

Meanwhile, about 7% of the population of Texas lives in a county classified as high risk, up from 25% last week. San Antonio and Fort Worth are in high-risk counties.

About 53% of the state’s population lives in medium-risk counties, while about 41% lives in low-risk counties.

The CDC is providing people with the following recommendations based on the COVID-19 community level in their county:

low risk

  • Stay up to date on the COVID vaccine
  • Get tested if you have symptoms

medium risk

  • Same precautions as low risk and:
  • If you are at high risk for serious illness, discuss with your healthcare provider whether you should wear a mask and take other precautions

high risk

  • Same precautions as at medium risk and:
  • Wear a mask indoors in public
  • People at high risk of severe illness may need extra precautions

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