These Austin-area counties may be at brink of COVID-19 ‘tipping point’

KVUE – COVID-19 cases continue to rise across Texas as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches. New data shows that in many Texas counties, the number of cases may reach a tipping point.

According to a Brown University School of Public Health website, researchers and public health experts created a color-coded COVID-19 risk level map in July based on the number of new daily cases.

The values ​​are green (less than one case per 100,000 people), yellow (1-9 cases per 100,000 people), orange (10-24 cases per 100,000 people), and red (25 or more cases per 100,000 people). According to the card, orders for the stay at home are required again as soon as a community has reached the red risk.

New data posted on the same Brown website shows that by Nov. 19, at least 135 counties in Texas have this red risk based on the 7-day moving average of the number of new daily cases per 100,000 people. According to the data, only four Texas counties – Cherokee, Kenedy, King, and Motley – are currently at green risk levels.

Since the data is calculated based on the number of cases per population size, only the Mason and Burnet counties are currently at the red risk level in the KVUE display area. Travis, Williamson, Hays, Bastrop, Llano, Lee, and Gillespie counties are on the Orange Level, which is where the “Stay Home Orders and / or Rigorous Testing and Tracking Programs” framework [are] recommended. “The counties of Blanco, Caldwell, Fayette and Milam are at the yellow level.

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