WICHITA FALLS, TX (KFDX/KJTL) — Rising COVID infections are once again canceling events in Texoma.
Wichita Falls Chamber CEO Henry Florsheim posted on his Twitter account that Tuesday’s Ribbon Cutting & Business After Hours events have been postponed due to increasing case numbers, stating “Please let this not be the beginning of a new trend”.
This cancelation comes after the Wichita County/Wichita Falls Health District reported 335 active cases and four deaths for the week ending, Friday, July 31, 2021.
The event was originally scheduled for Tuesday, August 3, 2021, at 4:50 p.m.
Business After Hours is a program to connect various business owners in Wichita Falls.
According to Midwestern State University Medical Director Dr. Keith Williamson, based on the R-value, how infectious this strain is, the Delta variant is very concerning.
How easily it spreads is huge. For comparison, the original strain was about two or three. William says the Delta variant looks like it has an R-value of nine or 10. And, he says you can see that in the numbers, as Wichita County reported a 21% positivity rate for the week of July 24 through the 30.
‘Now’s the time, now’s the time, winter is coming again and you need to get your vaccines taken care of before the schools start and before the holidays cause this Delta agent is really scary infectious. It’s not over, it’s back and it’s saddening and heartbreaking to see these numbers back up, cause that means people are going to start dying again,” Williamson said.
Wichita County Judge Woody Gossom also is taking notice saying, although they can’t reinstate any mask mandates after the governor’s orders, they’ll continue being smart.
“We certainly encourage anyone to wear a mask. I keep one in my pocket and put it on in larger, public gathers when it’s more appropriate to do that and I’ve had my shots but I feel like the extra ounce of prevention doesn’t hurt anything,” Gossom said.
That prevention may be most important as we move closer to fall and winter as Williamson reiterated that’s when COVID really surged last year. And, that was what Williamson described as ‘nature’s first try.’ So with the increased infection rate of the Delta variant, vaccination stays the most important piece of advice from Williamson.