(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.)

Through Thursday, Jan. 7 Aransas County had a historical count of 579 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of those 579 cases, 449 have recovered (105 active cases), per reporting from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

This latest report includes 35 more cases, and three more deaths, compared to the numbers reported in the Jan. 2 edition of this newspaper.

There are 25 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.

Additional COVID-19 information is available at dshs.texas.gov.

Free testing dates

The Texas Department of Emergency Management (TDEM) will provide free, drive through COVID-19 testing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14 and Friday, Jan. 15 at the Fulton Convention Center - Paws and Taws (402 N. Fulton Beach Rd.)

Individuals being tested must wear a mask. No appointment is necessary. Test results will take up to 72 hours to receive.

Vaccine information

The State of Texas in Phase 1A and Phase 1B are eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Phase 1A, which consists of frontline health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities, has already been carried out in Aransas County. Phase 1B is for anyone age 65 or older and/or 16 years of age or older with at least one chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk to serious illness from COVID-19. Such conditions include, but are not limited to, cancer, kidney disease, COPD, heart conditions, obesity, pregnancy, sickle cell disease, or Type 2 diabetes.

Currently, vaccine supply remains limited, but more doses are being delivered to providers each week from DSHS. Because of specific equipment and procedural requirements, not all healthcare providers in Aransas County will be able to provide the vaccine.

The TDEM and DSHS have developed an interactive map that shows sites administering the vaccine. This site is updated daily. https://tinyurl.com/yc2flw8u.

Click on the geographic region and a list of providers will appear. Check the provider’s website for information about availability or call the provider if its website doesn’t answer your questions. Please note one is not restricted to receiving a vaccine in Aransas County.

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