HOUSTON – The Houston Health Department said the city’s coronavirus test positivity rates have fallen by five percent.
The department said in a tweet on Monday afternoon, “This is a major achievement, but we should continue to take steps that we find here and reduce the rate.”
“It’s a small cause for celebration,” Dr. Said James McDevitt, dean of clinical affairs at Baylor College of Medicine. “Things are moving in the right direction.”
On September 18, the positivity rate was 6.9%, according to the health department’s tweet. McDavitt said the number suggests the community is making progress against COVID-19, but we are not yet clear.
“It doesn’t mean it’s gone,” McDevitt said. “This means it is less deadly than before. This does not mean that it was less contagious.
The mayor of Houston said the new goal is to reduce the rate even further.
Mayor Sylvester Turner wrote on Twitter, “Thank you Houston for helping us achieve 5% positivity by wearing your masks, social disturbances and washing your hands.” “The new goal is to reduce that number to 2.5% by mid-November if not done before. We can do this. “
McDevitt said that masks and social distancing play a key role in the fight against the virus.
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