Power outages, winter weather affect COVID reporting statewide

Colorado County Citizen

As things returned to normal throughout the State of Texas following last week’s winter weather, doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were shipped out to facilities. DSHS reports the weather last week not only delayed vaccine shipments but daily COVID reports as well.

Hospitalizations decrease

The number of hospitalizations statewide continue to decrease following a spike in early – mid January. New variants of the virus are starting to appear in the United States and Texas, though no confirmed cases of the new stains have been reported in Colorado County to date.

20 confirmed active cases for county

As of the Feb. 22 reporting from DSHS, Colorado County has had 1,268 confirmed positive cases of coronavirus, 240 probable cases, and an estimated 1,464 recovered COVID-19 cases.

There are currently 20 active cases for the county, and a total of 24 COVID-19 related fatalities reported.

COVID -19 vaccine update

DSHS reports 2,633 residents of Colorado County have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID vaccine to date.

Approximately 710 county residents are reported as fully vaccinated, and the estimated population of the county age 16 and older is 17,107.

Statewide, less than five percent of Texas’ population is reported to be fully vaccinated.

As of Feb. 22, the DSHS COVID-19 vaccine provider telephone hotline will return to normal business hours. The state’s hotline for questions related to coronavirus is 800-252-7031, option 3.

The State of Texas is still in the limited supply stage of the vaccine, which means priority is given to individuals in Phase 1A (Direct care, hospital, long term care, EMS 9-1-1, home health, outpatient, ER/ Urgent Care, pharmacies, last responders and school nurses), and residents of longterm care facilities, and Phase 1B (persons 65 years of age or older or at least 16 years of age with at least one chronic medical condition, including pregnancy.

In Eagle Lake, Rice Medical Center is a vaccine provider, however DSHS’s last update of Feb. 3 indicates 100 doses were shipped and none are available at this time.

In Columbus, Colorado County EMS (CCEM)S received 200 doses (last updated by DSHS Feb. 17) and all doses have been administered. As of Feb. 22, Columbus Community Hospital is reported to have administered all of the 1,700 doses they were shipped.

The DSHS Clinic in Columbus is reported to have administered all of the 400 doses they received (last updated Feb. 12).

Sub-Hub to start soon

Colorado County Judge Ty Prause said 500 doses of the COVID vaccine have been approved for distribution in the subhub of Colorado and Lavaca counties.

“We conferred with Lavaca County over the past couple of days and we are waiting for shipment notice on the theses doses, of which 250 will be used in Colorado County and 250 will be used in Lavaca County. As we move forward, we anticipate the shipments and events will become more routine over the next few months,” Prause said.

If you need help finding a doctor or accessing medical care, call 211 and they can direct you to low- or no-cost providers in your area.

COVID testing

According to information provided by DSHS, your doctor will help make the decision if you should get tested for COVID19. If you do not have health insurance, you can still get tested for COVID19 if your doctor or healthcare provider recommends it. For information about testing, please call your doctor and/or access care the way you usually do. If you need help finding a doctor or accessing medical care, call 211 and they can direct you to low- or no-cost providers in your area.

Nearest free testing site

There is a free state supported test collection site in Wharton at 1924 Fulton Street. There is no physician referral required. This is drive-thru testing by appointment only. To register for free test collection at this mobile test site, call (267)362–5207.

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