HOUSTON – At Texas Medical Center and more than a dozen hospitals in the greater Houston-Metro area, health officials say COVID-19 numbers are heading in the wrong direction.
“It’s a little shocking because everyone is like, ‘We’re all here.’ People are riding bikes and everyone is having fun, ”said David Bonsu.
“I think most people think that because they’ve never caught it, ‘Maybe I’m healthy,’” said Mike Betancourt.
Like Bonsu and Betancourt, others may not have realized the disturbing new trend with COVID-19.
“For the first time in many weeks, we are actually seeing an increase in the number of new cases of COVID-19, as well as the number of hospitalizations for COVID-19,” said David Callender, President and CEO of the Memorial Hermann Health System. .
Texas Medical Center recorded an average of 398 daily positive tests last week, up from 133 the week before. In addition, last week, a positivity rate of 4.0% against 3.1% the previous week was recorded, and a reproduction rate of 1.58% was recorded against 0.91% the previous week.
“This of course means that the infection is spreading again in greater Houston,” Callender said.
He believes the reason is twofold.
“We still have a significant portion of Houston’s population that has yet to be vaccinated. And now we’re dealing with this new Delta variant, which is more transferable, ”Callender said.
This means, according to local health officials, the public can still do more to tackle this devastating disease and reverse the latest trend.
“We don’t want Delta to catch you,” Callender said.
Callender said all approved COVID-19 vaccines are effective against the Delta variant. He maintains that the best way to slow the spread of COVID-19 at all levels is to get vaccinated if you haven’t already. And in the meantime, those who are not vaccinated should wear a mask.