Jim Barho, head of the Burnet County Office of Emergency Management, outside of the Victory Media offices, home to KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune and DailyTrib.com, at 1007 Avenue K in Marble Falls. Barho said officials expect an increase of COVID-19 cases a week to 10 days after the Labor Day weekend. Staff photo by Suzanne Freeman
“The current status is worse than it was last February,” he told KBEY morning show host Ed Chandler. “We are seeing the number of testing that we do increase in positives as well. We have a significant number showing up with positive tests.”
One concern is that Burnet County is only 47 percent fully vaccinated.
“Until we are vaccinated up to herd immunity, which is 70 percent or higher, we will see more COVID cases,” he said.
For ages 12 and up, 56 percent of the population has received at least one shot. Both the Comirnaty (Pfizer) and Moderna vaccines require two shots for full protection. Those ages 65 and older are doing much better with 85 percent having one shot and 75 percent fully vaccinated.
“The age groups we are concerned about now are our school children,” Barho said. “The 22 to 38 age group has had less turnout for the vaccines than we would have preferred.”
Vaccinations and mask wearing are still the best solutions to the problem, Barho said, adding that plenty of sites are offering free shots and tests for the disease. Contact the Burnet County Office of Emergency Management at 512-715-5262 for more information on clinic locations, times, and dates.
Vaccinations and testing are also available at Atkins Pharmacy, CVS, Walgreens, H-E-B, and Walmart. Some places might charge for administering the tests and vaccines, although the vaccine itself is free. Some also require pre-registration.