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The highly contagious Delta COVID variant has been traced in Williamson County. (Levan/Adobe)

Three cases of the highly contagious Delta coronavirus variant have been found in Williamson County in June, spurring more urgency from city officials for residents to get vaccinated.

The Williamson County and Cities Health District confirmed the variant cases through lab testing. The Delta variant first emerged in India and has since been found in 80 countries.

According to the district's press release, the variant is "demonstrated to be to be around 60% more transmissible than the already highly infectious Alpha variant" which was found in the United Kingdom late last year.

WCCHD Lead Epidemiologist Allison Stewart said mRNA vaccines are still highly effective against the Delta variant.

"It is not surprising to see the Delta variant in our community given how rapidly it spreads," Stewart said. "The concern locally is that we have more than half the county that isn't vaccinated and whom are still highly susceptible to this variant."

Because of its highly infectious nature, it is estimated that the Delta variant could become the dominant strain as early as August, the report reads, but it still accounts for just a small portion of cases in Texas and the United States.

The strain has not been detected in neighboring Travis County, but it is estimated that 10% of the country's COVID cases are of the Delta variant.

City officials hope that more vaccinations will help curb the effects of the variant. Just over 57% eligible residents are fully vaccinated in Williamson County, while 59.29% are fully vaccinated in Travis County.


1923 Lake Austin mansion demolition request pitting preservationists and some neighbors against owner and city preservation office
Austin Monitor

By Jonathan Lee

The Planning Commission was split Tuesday on whether to help save an eclectic lakefront estate from demolition by zoning it historic amid concerns over tax breaks and the likelihood that a previous owner participated in segregation as a business owner.

The property in question, known as the Delisle House, is located at 2002 Scenic Drive in Tarrytown. The main house, with Spanish and Modern influences, was built in 1923 by Raymond Delisle, an optician. A Gothic Revival accessory apartment was built in 1946. The current owner applied to demolish the structures in order to build a new home.'

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Freaky Floats and other Austin food & drink news
Austin Motel

What's new in Austin food & drink this week:

  • Nau's Enfield Drug closing after losing their lease. Did McGuire Moorman Lambert buy the building, with its vintage soda fountain?
  • Nixta Taqueria Chef Edgar Rico named to Time Magazine's Time 100 Next influencer list, after winning a James Beard Award earlier this year.
  • Question: From what BBQ joint did pescatarian Harry Styles order food this week?
  • Austin Motel is opening the pool and pool bar Wednesday nights in October for Freaky Floats.
  • Vincent's on the Lake closing due to "economic conditions and low water levels [at Lake Travis]."
  • Cenote has closed its Windsor Park location. The East Cesar Chavez location remains open.
  • The Steeping Room on N. Lamar has closed.
  • Local startup It's Skinnyscored new financing for its gluten-free pasta business.
  • P. Terry's opened a new location in Kyle, at 18940 IH-35.