Only 4 COVID-19 cases traced to ACL weekend one so far

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — In a media Q&A Friday, Dr. Desmar Walkes, the Austin-Travis County health authority, announced that only four COVID-19 cases have been traced to Austin City Limits Music Festival weekend one so far.

Still, health leaders say they are working with ACL organizers to make sure COVID-19 protocols are followed for weekend two; that includes putting more signage out and having more frequent audio reminders asking people to wear masks in spaces where social distancing is not possible.

While KXAN was at ACL last Friday, we noted that most people were not wearing masks in congregated areas.

“It does feel safe in the sense of like they’re requiring vaccination cards, or like a negative COVID test,” Nahom Fissaha told us at the festival.

Austin-Travis County will stay in Stage 4 COVID-19 risk-based guidelines right now, according to APH, even though we have been in the threshold for Stage 3 guidelines for a week.

According to the Austin-Travis County key indicators for staging dashboard, the 7-day moving average of hospital admissions is at 24 right now. That’s squarely within the threshold for Stage 3 risk-based guidelines.

“We are reevaluating our risk-based guidance,” Walkes said. “There will be more to come as we finalize those.”

Still, when asked if we could move to Stage 3 early next week, Walkes said “if the trend continues it is very likely that that will happen.”

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