COVID-19 cases are rising in Amarillo, expecting the number to rise
COVID-19 cases are rising in Amarillo, expecting the number to rise

COVID-19 cases are rising in Amarillo, expecting the number to rise

AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) – COVID-19 cases and positivity rates have increased in Amarillo along with the number throughout the state.

City of Amarillo, director of the public health department, Casie Stoughton, said test positivity rates have risen from five to 14 percent recently.

Still below the state average, Stoughton said Amarillo typically takes four to six weeks to catch up, and she expects the numbers will continue to rise.

When we talked about ways to limit the spread of the virus, Stoughton urged people to get vaccinated and boosted.

“Vaccines have been shown to be safe and effective,” Stoughton said.

Adding vaccines is now available for children six months and older, Stoughton added with the rising numbers, now is a good time to get the free medical treatment offered by the public health departments.

“I know we in our family are looking forward to vaccinating our last family member who is eligible for the vaccine,” Stoughton said. “It will be great to get everyone in our family vaccinated.”

Evidence shows that vaccination significantly reduces the risk of hospitalization and death.

“Vaccines certainly do their job,” Stoughton said. “It’s such a great insurance against serious illness.”

Amarillo is currently 16 percent below the state average for people aged five and over for fully vaccinated people.

Stoughton noted that the actual number of cases in Amarillo and across Texas is likely to be below the actual number due to people testing at home.

She encouraged people to report positive home tests so the department can better track the data.

“The more access we have, the better informed we are as a community,” Stoughton said.

To report a positive test or schedule a vaccination, visit amarilloalerts.com or call the National Board of Health.

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