Austin health officials say raising vaccine rates in central Texas will relieve stress at local hospitals

The rotating average of new Covid-19-related daily incomes has been declining for more than three weeks. However, with an average of 57 revenues as of Tuesday, Austin-Travis County remains at the highest level of Austin Public Health’s community risk guidelines.

Resources for the area’s hospital system also remain stretched. More than 200 patients are being treated in intensive care units, which have exceeded or almost exceeded capacity for more than a month.

Dr. Desmar Walkes, Austin’s medical director of public health, said Tuesday at a joint session of Travis County commissioners and Austin City Council members that one way to help hospitals is to work with the surrounding counties. to increase vaccination rates.

“It will be important for us to look at our neighbors, collaborate with them and vaccinate their populations as well,” he said. “Because, as we have said many times, we are all in this together. And our hospital systems here in the Travis County metroplex serve all of our neighbors. “

More than 68 percent of Travis County residents are 12 or older they have been completely vaccinated against the Covid-19. In Hays county the number is 60 per cent; in Williamson County, it is 67 per cent.

Bastrop, Burnet and Caldwell counties are above 50 percent. But deaths are higher per population in these smaller surrounding counties than in Travis County.

Caldwell County, for example, has a full vaccination rate among those over 12 of 50.8%, but reports 245 deaths per 100,000 residents.

Travis County, with a total vaccination rate approaching 70 percent, has a mortality rate of 84 per 100,000 population.

“We all need to work together to protect ourselves and most importantly, protect our children,” Walkes said. “So keep wearing the mask and vaccination and social distancing and stay home when you’re sick.”

Adrienne Sturrup, interim director of APH, told officials that the number of people in Travis County who are eligible for vaccination, but who have not been reduced by about 25,000 people in recent weeks.

Health officials continue to insist on the importance of getting vaccinated against Covid, especially with the Delta variant that makes people stay sicker longer, saying the vaccine is the best protection against serious illness, hospitalization and death.

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