(Editor’s note: The Rockport Pilot will publish the latest COVID-19 report when received from Aransas County’s public information officer. It will include the historical case count, number recovered, and number of deaths, as well as any pertinent information related to the virus. Additional COVID-19 information is available at dshs.texas.gov.)

Through Friday, Jan. 22 Aransas County had a historical count of 681 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of those 681 cases, 501 have recovered (152 active cases), per reporting from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

This latest report includes 66 more cases, and three additional deaths, compared to the numbers reported in the Jan. 16 edition of this newspaper (from Wednesday, Jan. 13 report).

There are 28 confirmed fatalities since the beginning of reporting.

DSHS reports COVID-19 fatality data based on death certificates. A fatality is counted when the medical certifier attests on the death certificate that COVID-19 is “a” cause of death.

The DSHS is supporting Aransas County in identifying any close contacts of the patients so they can be isolated and monitored for symptoms. If the DSHS has not contacted you, there is no need to take any action at this time.

(Note: there has been no separate report received regarding the test results from the Jan. 14-15 free, drive through COVID-19 testing.)

Vaccine information

Residents are invited to put their name and phone number on a list to be contacted for future vaccination events. Please visit https://forms.gle/kLvfut9h1S7nC2759 to sign up. If a resident does not have access to a computer, they should send a letter with their name and contact phone number to: Vaccination, Aransas County, 2840 Hwy. 35 N. Rockport, TX 78382.

Information will not be taken by phone from any entities.

This list is for priorities 1A and 1B only. This program is separate from the vaccinations being offered by local pharmacies and others. This list does not guarantee anyone the vaccine; it simply lets organizers know you need the vaccine.

As a reminder, residents are not restricted to receiving the vaccine within the Aransas County. For information about vaccination sites in Texas, please a site maintained by the Texas Departments of Emergency Management and State Health Services - https://www.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html.

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