WACO, TX — Ascension Providence and Baylor Scott & White - Hillcrest had a clear message in their Dec 30. statement. Health officials say Central Texas needs to remain vigilant with COVID-19, even with the vaccines on their way.
"...similar to the weeks following Thanksgiving, we are beginning to see an increase of COVID-19 cases in our local communities and in our hospitals following the recent holiday gatherings," said Megan Snipes, Sr Marketing & Public Relations Consultant for Baylor Scott & White Health – Hillcrest.
The statement continued on by asking the public to "embrace a sense of urgency" as we approach the 2020 New Year's weekend.
"We know these safety measures are not ideal and can be difficult, but they are proven measures to stop the spread of the virus," Snipes added.
As vaccines begin distribution in Central Texas alongside the rest of the world, they believe "there is much hope on the horizon."
However with Trauma Service Area M, which includes McLennan County, going on a month of COVID-19 hospitalization rates over 15% as of Dec 30., health officials are encouraging the public to follow physical distancing, mask use and practicing good hand hygiene.
"We can all play a role in preventing hospitalizations and ICU admissions while protecting ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities," Snipes concluded.