COVID-19 Texas

COVID-19 Texas

Courtesy: Chuck Smith / Red River Radio News

  TX COVID UPDATE – Texas  State health officials say new COVID-19 cases in Texas are rising about as fast as they were before their peaks last July and in late January.  Speaking to the Texas Tribune Chief State Epidemiologist Doctor Jennifer Shuford   says the increase, underscores how much more contagious the delta variant is.              

"Even in the face of having 43 percent of our population fully vaccinated we are still seeing this increase in cases happening as rapidly as we saw previously." Shuford explained.

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TX SOCIAL WORKERS -  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says the state board that regulates social workers can't prohibit them from refusing to see clients based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability status. Paxton issued the non-binding legal opinion Monday on the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council. Will Francis heads the Texas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. He says he's concerned  Paxton's stance will discourage LGBTQ people and people with disabilities from seeking services.  

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TX COVID SHOTS -   Governor Greg Abbott says it’s important Texans who received the first dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines go back and get their second shot.  The Governor made these comments in a video he released on Twitter earlier this week.

“With both doses, you can help better protect us against COVID-19, and you can help us put an end to this pandemic. So, make sure you go get your second dose,” Abbott said.

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TYLER CAFE VACCINE INCENTIVE-  Earlier this month it was announced that April is National Minority Health Month by The Centers for Disease Control. And while health agencies are trying to reach out  to communities of color to promote better healt,  a local businessman in Tyler, Texas is doing his part by getting more people, not just minorities --to get coronavirus vaccines.  Courtney Esteen,  owns  Flavors Daiquiri Café in Tyler, Texas  and he’s trying to help people overcome their skepticism  and reluctance to getting a Coronavirus vaccine.

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NEW UT-TYLER  POLL -  A new poll conducted by the University of Texas at Tyler in partnership with the Dallas Morning News was released this week.  1,271 respondents of the poll were from all over Texas and they gave their views on a variety of questions ranging from the pandemic,  to  national and state political leadership.

Courtesy: Texas Tribune

TEXAS MASKS -  Texas’s mask mandate disappears on Wednesday, but public health experts urge you to keep wearing them. UT Health / School of Public Health Epidemiologist  -  Katelyn Jetelina  says the more contagious  COVID variants  have  been detected in Houston,  and that means  they’re likely spreading throughout Texas.

“And so this is not the time to back off on measures when they're just gaining speed. That's the underlying reason of what the science is telling us and why wearing masks is important.”

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TX HEALTH OFFICIALS ON GOV MASK ORDER- A top Texas health official is defending Governor Greg Abbott's decision to lift the statewide mask mandate but underscores the importance of face coverings to reduce spreading COVID-19. Doctor John  Hellerstedt  heads the Department of State Health Services. He told state lawmakers during a hearing this week that he and Abbott are on the same page.         

Courtesy: Texas Tribune

TX GOV REMOVES ALL RESTRICTIONS - Yesterday Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced he was lifting the statewide mask mandate and reopening the Texas economy. All Texas businesses can reopen at 100-percent capacity. Abbott’s announcement came at a Lubbock event for small business and community leaders.

Courtesy: NET Health

  “Second Dose COVID Vaccine Clinics” operated by NET Health will be Tuesday February 9 and Wednesday February 10. Anyone who came to the Harvey Convention Center in Tyler and received their first Moderna vaccine on Saturday January 9th, Friday January 8th, or on any day in December 2020 is invited to return to receive their second Moderna vaccine next week.

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