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Health experts say Houston’s COVID-19 numbers are improving, but urge caution as the holiday season approaches

Houston, Texas – At a meeting with national health experts on Monday morning, Dr. Anthony Fauci that we are close to having COVID infections under control, even tackling a time when it could be an endemic rather than a pandemic.

“That means the virus is still there, but not overwhelming the health care system. It doesn’t disrupt our normal social interactions and our economic interactions, but it hasn’t gone away,” Fauci said.

According to the Texas Medical Center, these are the most current numbers of COVID in our area:

  • Last week, an average of 466 people a day tested positive for COVID-19 in the Greater Houston Area.

  • A drop from the average of 520 new cases per day the week before.

  • Last week, TMC admitted an average of 67 new COVID-19 patients per day

  • Just over 63 a day the week before.

dr. Luis Ostrosky, an infectious disease expert at UTHealth Houston and Memorial Hermann, said that to maintain good numbers, families need to take personal responsibility over the Thanksgiving holiday next week and into the future.

“We still have a low number of numbers, but nevertheless they are there and we are paying very close attention to what is happening in other states in the country where the numbers are actually rising,” Ostrosky said.

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Since the northern states aren’t experiencing the same decline in COVID cases that we’re seeing locally, traveling across the country next week could be a problem, especially if you’re traveling with an unvaccinated relative such as children.

The doctors recommend getting a vaccine and booster as soon as possible for everyone who is eligible.

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