In a COVID-19 update on Wednesday, the Texas Department of State Health Services said new cases of COVID-19 are "skyrocketing."
"COVID has never spread this fast in Texas," said DSHS. "Hospitalizations rising rapidly. Fatalities increasing."
In Central Texas, several school districts have closed schools due to the surge in cases. Milano, Rockdale, McGregor, Mexia, Fairfield, Axtell, Groesbeck, Buckholts, Bremond, and Connally ISD are all among the school districts that announced closures due to an outbreak of COVID cases.
Additionally, Bell County lifted its COVID Threat Level to 1, the highest with severe uncontrolled community transmission.
According to the DSHS, 44,036 new confirmed cases have been reported to the state to date on a seven-day average.
New cases are skyrocketing. COVID has never spread this fast in Texas. Hospitalizations rising rapidly. Fatalities increasing.#COVID19TX update:— Texas DSHS (@TexasDSHS) January 12, 2022
⬆️44,036 new confirmed cases (7-day avg)
⬆️92 fatalities reported (7-day avg)
⬆️11,571 current hospitalizations pic.twitter.com/pOcRQRQfwG