Tarrant County Public Health changed the community level for COVID-19 from medium to high July 6 due to the recent increase in cases.

Magaly Ayala, senior public information officer for the health department, said the county is now at a high community level because the number of new cases crossed a threshold. The most recent data shows 200 or more new cases per 100,000 people in the latest seven-day period, she said.

For comparison, the county recorded 2,027 cases per 100,000 people in the seven-day period that ended Jan. 15. It had 15 cases per 100,000 residents in the seven-day period that ended April 2, county data showed.

On June 27, Tarrant County Public Health increased the community level from low to medium because of another indicator. Hospital admissions related to COVID-19 were at or above 10% over seven days, Ayala said.

“We went from low to medium to high pretty quickly,” she said.

Ayala said the health department is advising people to take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“Wearing a mask, social distancing and avoiding crowds is always important, but even more so now when we’re at a high COVID-19 community level,” Ayala said.

Dr. Vinny Taneja, Tarrant County Public Health director, told county commissioners during their July 5 meeting that he and his staff are monitoring what happens with case levels in the aftermath of the July 4 holiday.

“We’re slowly increasing our cases here in Tarrant County and have been in an upward trend,” Taneja said.

Tarrant County hosts pop-up vaccination clinics for COVID-19 across the county. Most pharmacies also offer vaccinations for free, according to the county. Vaccinations and boosters are available to anyone age 6 months or older. Click here to access the county’s vaccine finder for locations.