COVID-19 cases are spiking again in Hood County.

The county had 101 new active cases as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, representing a 13% increase, according to Hood County Emergency Management Coordinator Jay Webster.

Of those new cases, 13 people were hospitalized.

Webster had not issued a report for two and a half months as many in the community were getting vaccinated. His last report, issued May 5, listed 31 active cases and five hospitalizations.

At that time, there had been 129 COVID-related deaths in the county. As of Wednesday, that number was 136.

The county is back to being at “substantial” risk for COVID-19 transmission, his update stated.

The local Public Health Authority, in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and the Texas Department of State Health Services recommendations, encourages vaccination for all who are eligible, including those 12 and older.

Mask wearing for those not fully vaccinated is encouraged, including among children over the age of 2, and social distancing is also recommended.

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