HOUSTON – The Houston Well being Division mentioned town’s coronavirus check positivity fee has dropped to 5 p.c.
“It is a nice achievement however we should proceed the steps that acquired us right here and drive the speed decrease,” the division mentioned in a tweet on Monday afternoon.
“That’s trigger for a bit of little bit of celebration,” mentioned Dr. James McDeavitt, dean of medical affairs at Baylor Faculty of Drugs. “Issues are trending in the precise course.”
Based on the well being division’s tweet, the positivity fee was 6.9% on Sept. 18. McDeavitt mentioned the numbers present the group is making progress in opposition to COVID-19 however we’re not within the clear simply but.
“It doesn’t imply it’s gone,” McDeavitt mentioned. “It does imply it’s much less lethal than it was earlier than. It doesn’t imply it’s much less contagious than it was.”
Houston’s mayor mentioned the brand new purpose is to cut back the speed even additional.
“Thanks Houston for serving to us obtain a positivity fee of 5% by sporting your masks, social distancing and washing your palms,” Mayor Sylvester Turner wrote on Twitter. “The brand new purpose is to decrease that quantity to 2.5% by mid-November if not earlier than. We will do that.”
McDeavitt mentioned masks and social distancing play a key function within the struggle in opposition to the virus.
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