Cleburne Fire Chief Scott Lail is encouraging the community to be vigilant as COVID-19 cases are rising.
Lail presented a COVID-19 update to the City Council at its Aug. 10 meeting. The presentation included details about confirmed cases, the delta variant, and safety practices.
“I try to be the eternal optimist but this is not something I relish having to deal with,” Lail said. “I want to encourage our folks to make the best decisions you can for you and your family based on data.”
Lail showed a chart of rising confirmed cases from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) COVID-19 Dashboard, which showed 2,900 new single-day confirmed cases reported on July 8, 2021 statewide and 16,900 new single-day cases reported on Aug. 7, 2021.
Data shows that North Texas hospitals are seeing increased admissions. Lail said about 33% of hospital beds in Johnson County are occupied by a COVID-19 positive patient. He said this time around hospitals are admitting more younger people than earlier in the pandemic.
Lail said studies show the delta variant spreads exponentially more than the original virus and alpha variant. He attributed data from DSHS, which shows people infected with the original strain are likely to infect 2.3 people, while those with the Delta variant are likely to infect 8 people.
Lail said data shows the vaccine has proven to be highly effective against serious infection. He added research shows vaccinated people are showing more mild symptoms and vaccinated patients are contagious for a shorter amount of time.
To remain safe, Lail encouraged community members to remain vigilant, wash hands regularly, practice social distancing, and staying home if you are sick. He added that vaccines are available in multiple locations and those interested can visit vaccinefinder.org to find a nearby location to receive a vaccine.
Watch the presentation
Learn more about COVID-19 from the Texas Department of State Health Services