Hospitals across the South are nearing a breaking point as the COVID-19 delta variant surges, patients flood emergency rooms and nurses, doctors and respiratory therapists near exhaustion.
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The rate of Texans needing hospitalization for COVID-19 treatment is increasing faster than at any other point in the pandemic, according to testimony offered to a Senate panel on Tuesday.
Despite a perceived return to normalcy after more than a year of pandemic procedures, COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are once again on the rise nationwide. As Texas remains committed to avoiding further closures and mandates, experts urge all eligible residents to get vaccinated.
Like many areas, Navarro County has reported a marked decrease in the number of new cases of COVID-19 and related hospitalizations and deaths. A 16-day cumulative update from March 16 through 31 recorded 16 new cases and eight more deaths; two more cases were confirmed April 5.
As Texas marks one year since its first COVID-related death, hospitalizations and deaths have decreased as the percentage of Texans vaccinated surpasses that of those who tested positive for the virus. Navarro County reported 3,401 confirmed cases and 142 related deaths Monday, March 15.
As Navarro County weathered last month's severe winter storm, daily reporting of COVID-19 data was put on hold. The Navarro County Office of Emergency Management provided a summary of February's statistics, noting a decrease in daily case counts and hospitalizations.
Texas has administered more than 1 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine – making Texas the national leader in vaccinations said Gov. Greg Abbott Thursday, Jan. 14.
Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday that most of Texas will be able to loosen some coronavirus restrictions, including letting many businesses increase their capacity to 75%, as soon as Monday.