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Amarillo Area Coronavirus Status Level moves up to Level Orange

Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 1:13 PM CDT
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AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) - The Amarillo Area Coronavirus Status Level is moving back up to Level Orange.

The status level change is effective Thursday, July 22.

“We are seeing a recent increase in the number of COVID-19 positive tests in the Amarillo community,” said Amarillo Public Health Department Director Casie Stoughton. “The best way for the community to protect itself is to get vaccinated - and the COVID-19 vaccine is readily available. We have to remember that maintaining social distancing and the wearing of face masks are also excellent precautions against the spread of this illness.”

Under status level orange, residents are asked to practice strict social distancing, use face masks in public settings, practice enhanced hygiene and cleaning routines, limit social gatherings to small groups, limit non-essential travel community wide and limit personal travel outside of the community.

“Amarillo had great success when the COVID-19 vaccine was first made available to the community,” said Amarillo Mayor Ginger Nelson. “We have to continue this commitment to safeguard ourselves and others. I have received the vaccine, and I strongly encourage others to get vaccinated.”

During a news conference today, Stoughton said new cases in Potter and Randall counties are averaging about 63 a day, up from around 20 earlier this month. Only two of the new cases yesterday were vaccinated people.

She said the demographics of those new cases are across the board but trending up in the age range under 30.

Hospital capacity is limited with 62 percent of intensive care beds being used.

The Amarillo area vaccination rate is still under 40 percent.

According to the latest information on the COVID-19 dashboard, the Amarillo area has 554 active cases of COVID-19. There have been 35,366 total confirmed cases, 34,039 recoveries and 773 deaths.

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