Town Square

What You Need To Know About The Latest COVID Threats – And How To Stay Safe

What should you know about the spread of the Delta variant? Long COVID? And breakthrough infections? And how do you keep yourself safe amidst the rise in infection rates?

Hyoung Chang/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images
Front-line workers at a medical center in Aurora, Colo., gather for a COVID-19 memorial on July 15 to commemorate the lives lost in the coronavirus pandemic. New estimates say many thousands more will die in the U.S. this summer and fall.


To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:

<iframe src="" style="height: 115px; width: 100%;"></iframe>

Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, or @townsquaretalk.

Three states are currently seeing about 40% of the nation's new COVID-19 cases, and Texas is one of them.

Here in the Houston area, cases and hospitalizations are on the rise – fueled by the spread of the Delta variant and a slowdown in vaccinations.

Last Thursday, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo raised the county's threat level from “yellow,” or moderate, to “orange," which indicates that a significant and uncontrolled spread of the virus is taking place.

We want to keep you informed and safe, so today we explain the latest developments in COVID.

What do you need to know about new infections, variants, breakthrough illnesses and more?

And how do we keep young, unvaccinated children safe?

One of our regular medical experts is here to discuss and answer your questions.


Dr. Jill Weatherhead

  • Assistant Professor in Tropical Medicine and in Infectious Disease at Baylor College of Medicine

Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day’s most important and pressing issues.

Audio from today's show will be available after 5 p.m. CT. We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, and other apps.

Today in Houston Newsletter Signup
We're in the process of transitioning services for our Today in Houston newsletter. If you'd like to sign up now, fill out the form below and we will add you as soon as we finish the transition. **Please note** If you are already signed up for the newsletter, you do not need to sign up again. Your subscription will be migrated over.


This article is part of the Town Square with Ernie Manouse podcast

  • Subscribe on Apple Podcasts
  • Subscribe on Google Podcasts
  • Subscribe on Spotify
  • Subscribe on Stitcher
  • Subscribe on TuneIn
  • Subscribe on iHeart
  • Subscribe on Pandora
  • Subscribe on RadioPublic
  • Subscribe on Pocket Casts
  • Subscribe on Overcast
  • Subscribe on Amazon Music
  • Subscribe via RSS
Catherine Lu

Catherine Lu

Senior Content Producer & Announcer

While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

More Information