Austin Public Health confirms four delta variant cases in Travis County

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The delta variant has now been confirmed in Travis County. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The delta variant has now been confirmed in Travis County. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Four cases of the coronavirus delta variant have been confirmed in Travis County, Austin Public Health representatives said in a July 14 news release.

Until now, the contagious variant had not been officially detected by a lab in Travis County, although neighbors, including Williamson County, had already confirmed cases. The delta variant was also recently confirmed by Centers for Disease Control & Prevention data to be the most prevalent strain of COVID-19 in the United States.


"We assume that we do have it here, and that's particularly evident in that our case numbers are starting to rise," said Dr. Desmar Walkes, Austin-Travis County Health Authority, in a July 13 briefing to county officials. "I'm stressing to everyone that can hear the sound of my voice, it's important to be vaccinated."

Travis County has a seven-day moving average of 81 new confirmed cases per day, and a seven-day moving average of 19.7 new hospitalizations per day at Austin-area hospitals. That puts the Austin-Travis County community in range of moving to Stage 3 pandemic risk-based guidelines, after around two months at Stage 2.

APH representatives will hold a press conference the morning of July 15 to announce more details about potential risk-based guideline changes and to offer more details about the confirmed delta variant cases. County Judge Andy Brown and Austin Mayor Steve Adler will be in attendance.
By Olivia Aldridge

Reporter, Central Austin

Olivia joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in March 2019. She covers public health, business, development and Travis County government. A graduate of Presbyterian College in South Carolina, Olivia worked as a reporter and producer for South Carolina Public Radio before moving to Texas. Her work has appeared on NPR and in the New York Times.



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