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Travis, Williamson Counties Return to Low COVID Risk; The hay stays high

AUSTIN (KXAN) — After a week in the county’s medium-risk category, Travis and Williamson returned to the low-risk level for COVID-19 in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s weekly update. Hayes County remains at high risk.

Every week starting February 24, 2022, the CDC assigns a “COVID-19 community level” to each county across the country based on how the virus is affecting the local population.

On Thursday, January 12, Bastrop, Burnet, Lee, and Llano counties also moved to low risk, while Blanco and Gillespie counties were downgraded from high to medium risk. Fayette County has moved from low to medium risk.

Caldwell, Hayes, Lampasas, Mason and Milam counties remain at high risk.

How are community levels calculated?

The low, medium, and high risk categories are determined based on three factors: the number of new cases in the last seven days, new hospitalizations in the last seven days, and the percentage of full hospital beds used by COVID-19 patients.

The first consideration is the number of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last seven days. If the number of new cases exceeds 200, the county cannot be considered low risk.

The thresholds for hospitalization and inpatient bed usage then change depending on whether the county has less or more than 200 new cases per 100,000 residents.

Here’s a look at the numbers in each county in the KXAN viewing area. Remember: first of all, the number of new cases is counted. If this number exceeds 200, the county cannot be considered a low-risk region.

The thresholds for hospitalization and inpatient bed usage then change depending on whether the county has less or more than 200 new cases per 100,000 residents.

Meanwhile, about 7% of the Texas population lives in a high-risk county, up from 16% last week.

Approximately 69% of the state’s population lives in a medium-risk county – down from 67% last week – while about 23% lives in a low-risk county, up from 17%.

The CDC has the following guidance for people based on what level of the COVID-19 community their county is in:

low risk

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

Medium risk

  • Same precautions as for low risk:
  • Talk to your healthcare provider about whether you should wear a mask and take other precautions if you are at high risk for severe illness.

high risk

  • Same precautions as for medium risk, and:
  • Wear a mask indoors in public places
  • Additional precautions may be required for people at high risk of severe illness

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