The omicron variant is the most contagious strain hospitals have seen yet, and the increase in cases is putting further stress on our hospital system.
At Austin Public Health (APH) testing sites, 1 out of 4 people have positive results.
With the recent move to Stage 4 of Risk-Based Guidelines, it’s as important as ever to follow safe practices to help keep yourself and others safe.
“Let’s start 2022 with renewed energy in our fight against COVID-19,” said Austin-Travis County Health Authority Dr. Desmar Walkes. “We cannot afford to let our guard down and compromise future celebrations with loved ones.”
Stage 4 recommendations include:
“The omicron variant multiplies 70 times faster than delta in airways,” said Dr. Walkes. “This virus is spreading at an alarming rate and threatening
Tips for celebrating the new year safely:
-Avoid crowds this year and wear a mask if you find yourself in one.