The Bell County Public Health District has upped the COVID-19 threat level to Level 1: Severe Uncontrolled Transmission (Red), the district's highest threat level.
Dr. Amanda Robison-Chadwell, director of the health district, says the decision was made due to "worsening community outbreaks associated with the post-Thanksgiving surge."
Dr. Robison-Chadwell says the public health system is strained, and the health district expects another possible wave of COVID-19 cases after Christmas. The director says if the wave is anything like the wave of new cases following Thanksgiving, it could be "extremely problematic for Bell County."
The change in threat level does not trigger any actions or shut downs. However, Dr. Robison-Chadwell says it should be warning to everyone.