Texas officials said younger people were behind the increase in coronavirus disease in the Austin area, noting that the county now has the highest number of cases since August.
More than half of the 1,034 active cases in Austin-Travis County involve adults aged 20 to 39 years old, according to Austin Public Health.
“These numbers indicate that people who have recently attended a gathering have a higher risk of encountering someone infected with the virus,” said a newsletter. “We encourage all participants in gatherings outside of their home this weekend (eg Halloween party) to check out COVID-19 this week.”
The agency also recommends that participants in large gatherings stay at home and quarantine themselves, and avoid visiting friends or loved ones considered at high risk for coronavirus complications.
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“APH cannot stop the spike in pre-winter circumstances without the support and cooperation of our entire community,” said a newsletter. “An increase in the number of cases will lead to unnecessary deaths and hospitalizations.”
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Texas is approaching the 1 million case mark, with nearly 935,000 cases as of Friday. Elsewhere in the country, states have reported record highs in new cases as well as hospital admissions. The entire United States reported 121,888 new cases on Thursday, marking the highest increase in a day since the pandemic began.
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Dr. Kristin Englund, an infectious disease specialist at Cleveland Clinic, told Fox: “We are entering a very dangerous period where cases are growing dramatically and young Americans are likely to are infected but are not quarantined because they do not feel very sick. News last week.
Fox News’s Kayla Rivas contributed to this report.