Health & Science

Rising Share Of Coronavirus Tests Coming Back Positive In Texas Fuels Fears Of Another Wave

State officials and virologists say the highly contagious delta variant is causing the rise — and is particularly impacting unvaccinated people.

A sign in South Austin asks customers to wear a mask inside a business on March 3, 2021.

On Saturday, the seven-day average for new confirmed cases in the state was 2,119. That’s nearly triple the average on the first day of the month, when it was 757. Meanwhile, the number of people hospitalized for the coronavirus in the state climbed from 1,591 on July 1 to 2,834 on Friday.

Public health experts have been raising alarm about the delta variant in recent weeks, especially in places like Texas where the vaccination rate is low. Around 43% of Texans are currently fully vaccinated.

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