Listed here are the newest COVID-19 updates, closures and postponements in Central Texas for Sunday, Feb. 21.
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- Texas: Greater than 2.2 million circumstances have been reported within the state, and greater than 41,200 individuals in Texas have died, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
- Central Texas counties:
- Travis County: At the very least 73,538 circumstances have been reported and at the least 710 individuals have died. At the very least 69,460 individuals have recovered from the virus.
- Hays County: At the very least 15,837 confirmed circumstances have been reported and at the least 202 individuals have died. At the very least 14,238 individuals have recovered from the virus.
- Williamson County: At the very least 34,527 circumstances have been reported within the county and at the least 362 individuals have died. At the very least 33,250 individuals have recovered from the virus.
For a have a look at COVID-19 information throughout all the state’s counties, click here.
GRAPHS: Coronavirus information Feb. 20
2:47 p.m. – After greater than every week of extreme winter climate that suspended Metropolis operations at testing and vaccination websites, Austin Public Well being introduced Sunday it resumed COVID-19 operations.
This is an replace on how APH plans to get again up to the mark on a number of fronts:
COVID-19 Vaccine Replace
APH stated rescheduling for vaccine appointments was underway for the estimated 3,300 sufferers who had appointments canceled beginning on Feb. 13. In the event you had an appointment, APH stated to verify your cellphone and e mail continuously for updates.
APH stated cellphone banks had been additionally affected by energy outages and shall be again on-line to name these with out web entry. APH additionally stated there are plans for a queuing system, however in the mean time to handle the backlog, workers will manually schedule every individual and supply them with a time, date and placement.
APH stated it should prolong hours to function many individuals as potential with the vaccine it has allotted. APH has roughly 7,000 first doses and seven,500 second doses remaining from the Feb. 7 state allocation earlier than the winter storm.
Second doses shall be prioritized to make sure they’re administered as near the 28-day really useful interval. Nevertheless, the CDC’s up to date suggestions state there is no maximum time between the first and second doses for either vaccine.
“It can require an immense quantity of workers time, work, and energy to renew all of our operations to the total capability and effectivity that we had been seeing earlier than the climate hit,” stated Dr. Mark Escott, Austin-Travis County Interim Well being Authority. “We admire the neighborhood’s understanding and persistence as we work by any bumps alongside the way in which.”
COVID-19 Testing Replace
Earlier than the extreme winter climate storm, APH stated it was testing 10,000 individuals per week. All APH-affiliated testing operations will resume their regular schedules on Monday, Feb. 22. To schedule a check by APH, go to www.austintexas.gov/covid-testinfo.
Neighborhood testing, which permits for some walk-ups, is obtainable on the following areas:
- Ana Lark Middle (1400 Tillery St.): Tuesdays and Fridays 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Southeast Department Library (5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd.): Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Wednesdays 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
“We have now already supplied 55,000 doses and had been within the midst of scaling up operations for second doses when the winter storm hit,” stated Cassandra DeLeon, Chief Administrative Officer for the APH Illness Prevention and Well being Promotion Division. “We misplaced eight days of operations, however we’re totally devoted to those that want their second doses and are scaling up sources as a lot as potential to supply all remaining vaccine this week.”
COVID-19 Statistics for Austin
APH stated that information reporting efforts, which feeds the Metropolis’s COVID-19 dashboard would additionally resume. APH stated that its information entry workers was unable to securely journey to the placement to supply information enter this previous week.
As a result of lack of testing that has been capable of occur over the previous week and a lag in information reporting, the information that’s publicly reported over the approaching week could also be skewed, APH stated.
“We all know that there could also be a excessive demand for testing as soon as our websites can reopen and information will present that not lots of people had been examined over the previous week,” stated APH Chief Epidemiologist Janet Pichette. “When workers can safely return, they are going to proceed their reporting. They should work extra time to get rid of the backlog however they’re devoted to giving the general public the information they should make correct selections for themselves and their family members.”