HOUSTON– As crucial metrics like the infection rate and ICU hospitalizations trend downward for the first time in months, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo states its not yet time to decrease the countys COVID-19 danger level.
At present, Harris County is at the greatest threat level: Red level 1.
Hidalgo told KPRC 2 Monday that downsizing to orange on the COVID-19 Threat Level system is on the horizon.
Harris County COVID-19 Threat Level System (KPRC)”We can go to orange in a matter of days, you know, a week or 2. We could if we keep at it. If those patterns continue decreasing, but its up to everybody. Were not quite there, were really close,” she stated.
Hidalgo pointed to positive indications like the hospitalizations being down in addition to the variety of COVID-19 patients being treated in ICUs.
“The other indicator that we have for going to orange is having the percentage of the ICU that is COVID positive being listed below 15% and we crossed that simply today,” she stated.
However other numbers are not where they need to be, Hidalgo stated.
“The positivity rate in Harris County is around 8% we required to be at five. The other one is the case counts. Were seeing an average of about 450 cases a day or so we require that to be at 400,” she stated.
Doctors concur that the overall story of Harris Countys current coronavirus data is favorable but warn locals to not let up on health and security practices.
“The sole factor were doing much better is due to the fact that we are masking, distancing, handling habits, preventing aggregation of people in little spaces, avoiding public events, all that excellent and difficult work its truly settled whichs why we have control of the infection today which requires to continue,” stated Dr. James McDeavitt of the Baylor College of Medicine.
Specialists warn the numbers might surge up again in the next weeks with possible brand-new cases from Labor Day and trainees going back to in-person learning.
Monday, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner also said the area is headed on the ideal track. Turner said the citys positivity rate is at 6.1% and decreasing. Although the positivity rate is decreasing, it has actually not reached the 5% and below goal.
Harris County COVID-19 Threat Level System (KPRC)”We can go to orange in a matter of days, you know, a week or 2.”The positivity rate in Harris County is around 8% we required to be at five. Turner said the citys positivity rate is at 6.1% and going down.
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