As COVID-19 cases continue to climb in Washington County and across the state, local health officials are encouraging the public to make changes to their Thanksgiving plans.
As of Sunday, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) reported 171 active COVID-19 cases in Washington County. That is an estimated increase of 60 active cases from Sunday, November 15th, and an increase of 136 active cases from November 1st. The county is reporting 915 total cases, 691 recoveries, and 53 deaths.
Washington County Health Authority Dr. William Loesch says it is hard to pinpoint exactly what caused this particular increase in cases, but he believes people may have become too relaxed of late in their efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
According to Dr. Loesch, hospital capacity in Brenham is okay for the moment, but capacity is “brimming” in places like College Station. He says there is not a cause for alarm yet, but the need to be careful remains crucial in order to avoid overwhelming the hospital system.
Dr. Loesch recommends avoiding hosting or going to large gatherings, especially for those who are at higher risk of contracting the virus. He says any sort of get-togethers should be kept to a minimum and limited to the immediate household if possible. If the weather cooperates, he says holding gatherings outside is also a good choice.
Dr. Loesch knows “COVID fatigue” is certainly affecting many people who are frustrated with continued health and safety restrictions, but there is hope on the horizon.
Dr. Loesch says patience is key during this time, in order to ensure that next year’s holiday gatherings can return to normal.