Here are the latest COVID-19 news for Travis County. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
In a press release on June 3, APH said the increasing cases and declining immunity are driving the need to get vaccinated and boosted and a return to masking when social distancing indoors is not possible.
“These rising numbers and new subvariants are very concerning, especially at a time when many will be traveling and gathering with loved ones,” said Dr. Desmar Walkes, Austin-Travis County Health Authority, in the press release.
On Friday, the Austin-area cases per 100,000 residents reached 174.81, according to APH. If that number reaches 200, the community level—a metric used by the CDC—will be changed to medium.
Two Omicron subvariants, BA.4 and BA.5, have been confirmed in Travis County, according to APH. While neither is currently the dominant strain in Travis County, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said they have proven highly transmissible.
Austin Public Health said in the release that boosters are an important step in preventing a surge in cases. Boosters are available for individuals 5 years or older. People 50 years and older are eligible for a second booster dose at least four months after their first booster. Information of community spread can be found here and information on vaccines and COVID-19 tests can be found here.