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It took just slightly longer than local health officials hoped for, but Austin has hit its goal with 70% of its population fully vaccinated.

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After a month of teetering in the single digits for available ICU beds, the Austin metro that includes 2.4 million people, is reporting no staffed ICU beds available and four available pediatric ICU beds, according to state data updated Sunday afternoon.

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As COVID-19 spikes in Austin and around the country, there is new concern about breakthrough cases. (Shutterstock)

A sixth fully vaccinated Texas House Democrat, State Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, tested positive for COVID-19 in Washington D.C. earlier this week, spurring concerns about so-called "breakthrough" cases.

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Austin elected officials and public health leaders are concerned about a sharp uptick in new COVID cases and related hospitalizations amid confirmation of the highly contagious Delta variant in Travis County. (Tom Wolf/CC)

Here we go again.

Local elected officials and public health leaders are concerned about a spike in new COVID cases and related hospitalizations as four cases of the more contagious Delta variant were confirmed in Travis County on Wednesday and amid continued vaccine hesitancy.

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