AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – “Get the FULL Vaccine ASAP.” That’s the message the Texas Department of State Health Services has sent to residents amid a continuing rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
The message came as the department reported an increase in the number of cases, deaths and hospitalizations over the past week.
In one week, hospitalizations increase by 1,726, the 7-day average. confirmed cases almost double, and deaths are now increasing. Get the FULL Vaccine AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.# COVID19TX Update:
⬆️5,267 new confirmed cases (average 7 days)
⬆️34 deaths reported (average 7 days)
⬆️5,292 hospitalizations in progress pic.twitter.com/JGoFkTyrhZ
– Texas DSHS (@TexasDSHS) July 28, 2021
According to the DSHS, the seven-day average of COVID-19 cases between July 22 and July 28 was 5,267. During the same period, hospitalizations increased from 3,692 on July 22 to 5,292 on the 28th. July.
The department also recorded an average of 34 deaths during this week.
Health officials said the COVID-19 outbreak was the result of a combination of the emergence of the highly contagious Delta variant and reluctance to vaccinate.
As groundbreaking cases are reported, the DSHS continues to require full vaccinations. Full vaccination is the best defense against COVID-19 and its variants, like Delta.
– Texas DSHS (@TexasDSHS) July 29, 2021
“Vaccinations absolutely help protect people and the unvaccinated are at great risk with the increase in the Delta variant. Hospitalizations are a lagging indicator, so as the number of cases increases, we expect hospitalizations to increase, ”said Stephen Love, president and CEO of the DFW Hospital Council last week.