Is the severity of COVID-19 pandemic over?

On Monday, the US crossed the threshold of 500,000 deaths caused by COVID-19, a sad mark that no other country has hit.

With the development, approval, and distribution of three vaccines, it may have many thinking the virus is no longer a concern.

"They are still concisions in a way but after a year and how many months, you kind of go numb in a sense," said Jared Vann from Houston.

"Definitely people, people is just sick of it and done with it," said Houstonian DJ Fisher.

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The top doctor for the city of Houston, Dr. David Persse, is wary. He tells FOX26, we are on the down slope of a big wave.

"One of the hardest parts in trying to manage a pandemic," said Persse. "Trying to manage this side of it as things start improving."

The positivity rate for the city of Houston is 12.7% and the goal is to be at 5%.

As a county, our threat level is still at level 1, severe. The 14-day average of positive test in Harris County is 13%.

As directed by Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, bars will be required to remain closed.

With Governor Abbott’s order, restaurants still can only operate at 75% capacity.

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Dr. Persse telling FOX26 Wednesday, the current situation is we now have a better ability to administer vaccines, we are short in supply.

"We don’t have enough vaccines out there yet; we don’t have enough people who have immunity from previous infections yet. We still have a lot of folks at risk," said Persse.

Dr. Persse says they are expecting to get on the 9,000 doses a week moving forward.