“Coryell is at the same distance from Waco, almost, as is Clifton,” Reeves said. “It’s a longer trip to go to Temple, even though that’s their trauma service area.”
However, most people hospitalized in the area are local. Of the 195 COVID-19 patients at Waco Hospitals as of Friday, 159 are residents of McLennan County.
It seems that there is no factor that increases hospitalizations in the area than other areas, “said Dr. Farley Verner, an infectious disease specialist who serves as the health authority for the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District.
“We can say we have a lower vaccination rate than others, but it’s disproportionate to that,” Verner said. “Is it an older population? Do we have more people with comorbidities? I’m just not aware of a simple answer. There is nothing of which we are aware, nor a more severe tension ”.
The full McLennan County vaccination rate for residents 12 years of age or older has risen relatively rapidly, from 43% to 48%, over the past month, but the pandemic is likely to deepen as the vaccination rate continues. so low, according to Verner.
“Everything is back to vaccines once again,” he said. “The conditions are ripe for transmission to take place and people are fed up with doing things that will help decrease the chances of transmission.”
The local health district reported 141 new cases on Friday, bringing the number of active cases to 1,797. Of the 195 COVID-19 patients from local hospitals on Friday, 42 had ventilators and 54 in the ICU. The health district announced that ten other residents had died of COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 602. September is on track to be one of the deadliest months of the pandemic here.