Through Monday, July 19 Aransas County had a historical count of 1,036 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of those 1,036 cases, 914 have recovered (81 active cases), per reporting from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

This latest report includes 52 more cases, and no additional deaths, compared to the numbers reported in the July 3 edition of this newspaper (from June 30 report).

There are 41 confirmed fatalities since the beginning of reporting.

(Note: 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 new cases are mostly found in the unvaccinated population, according to an Aransas County news release. It also noted about half of the county’s population is fully vaccinated, and that vaccinations are available at local pharmacies and health care providers for residents ages 12+. It also encourages everyone to continue hand washing and sanitizing procedures, and wearing a mask if it makes one feel better.

Mobile vaccine clinic for groups of five or more

A new program in Texas targets more individuals that may have transportation issues. Groups of five or more people can now schedule a mobile COVID-19 Vaccine clinic.

The basics are:

• Five or more individuals

• Any location will do (park, business, house, apartment, etc.)

• Evenings and weekends will work too.

Any group of five or more Texans can schedule a vaccination site by calling 844-90-TEXAS and selecting Option 3.

The mobile vaccine teams are members of the Texas National Guard and are coordinated by the Texas Division of the Emergency Management.

(Note: A group of 10 or more was required and that is no longer necessary.)

Homebound Texans are encouraged to call this same hot line and select Option 1 to request a state mobile vaccination team to visit their home.

The call center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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