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Number of Central Texas children vaccinated against COVID-19 rises slowly

Nearly 300 Killeen ISD students received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on the first day of a...
Nearly 300 Killeen ISD students received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on the first day of a four-day effort in collaboration with McLane Children’s Hospital.(KISD)
Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 6:25 PM CDT
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KWTX) - The total number of children ages 12 to 15 in the 16 Central Texas Counties KWTX is monitoring who’ve received one dose of vaccine increased by nearly 880 in the past week to 3,778, and the number who are fully vaccinated increased by 521 to 535.

Children 12 to 15 have been eligible to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine since May 12, and so far, about 7% of Central Texas residents 12- to 15-years of age have received one dose, and almost 1% are fully vaccinated, according to Department of State Health Services data Tuesday.

More than 2,030 or just more than 9% of Bell County residents 12 to 15 have received one dose of vaccine and 255 or about 1% were fully vaccinated Tuesday.

Nearly 300 Killeen ISD students received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine Monday on the first of a four-day effort in collaboration with McLane Children’s Hospital.

In all, 294 students were vaccinated Monday at the former Nolan Middle School.

Vaccination clinics were scheduled on Tuesday at the KISD Career Center, on Wednesday at West Ward Elementary, and on Thursday at Harker Heights Elementary.

The team from McLane’s Children Hospital will return from July 12 to July 15 to the same campuses to administer second doses.

“We’re excited to be able to get a grasp on this pandemic,” Baylor Scott & White Outpatient Director Dr. Jamie Avila said.

Information and directions are available online.

More than 990 or about 7% of McLennan County residents 12 to 15 have received one dose and 200 or just more than 1% are fully vaccinated.

In Bosque County, 21, or about 2% of residents 12 to 15, have received one dose and 8, or just less than 1%, are fully vaccinated.

In Coryell County, almost 330 or almost 8% of residents 12 to 15 have received one dose and 24, or less than 1%, are fully vaccinated.

In Falls County, 38 or almost 5% of residents 12 to 15 have received one dose and six, or less than 1%, are fully vaccinated.

In Freestone County, 21, or about 2% of residents 12 to 15, have received one dose, and four, or less than 1%, are fully vaccinated.

In Hamilton County, 10 or a little more than 2% of residents 12 to 15 have received one dose, and none is fully vaccinated.

In Hill County, 50, or more than 2% of residents 12 to 15 have received one dose and three, or less than 1%, are fully vaccinated.

In Lampasas County, 60 or just more than 5% of residents 12 to 15 have received one dose and six, or less than 1%, are fully vaccinated.

In Leon County, 25, or about 3% of residents 12 to 15 have received one dose and five, or less than 1%, are fully vaccinated.

In Limestone County, 21, or almost 2% of residents 12 to 15 have received one dose and two, or less than1%, are fully vaccinated.

In Milam County, 44 or about 3% of residents 12 to 15 have received one dose and nine, or less than 1%, are fully vaccinated.

In Mills County, three or about 1% of residents 12 to 15 have received one dose and one, or less than 1%, is fully vaccinated.

In Navarro County, 94 or almost 4% of residents 12 to 15 have received one dose and seven, or less than 1%, are fully vaccinated.

In Robertson County, 34, or almost 4% of residents 12 to 15 have received one dose and three, or less than 1%, are fully vaccinated.

In San Saba County, four or about 1% of residents 12 to 15 have received one dose and two, or less than 1%, are fully vaccinated.

Statewide, more than 54% more residents 12 and older had received one dose Tuesday, and more than 44% were fully vaccinated.

The numbers are lower in Central Texas, where more than 37% of residents 12 and older have received one dose and almost 31% are fully vaccinated.

In Bell County Tuesday, 34% of residents 12 and older have received one dose and just more than 27% are fully vaccinated.

In McLennan County almost 44% of residents 12 and older have received one dose and more than 36% were fully vaccinated.

In Bosque County Tuesday, just more than 36% of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated; in Coryell County, almost 25% of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated; in Falls County, almost 30% of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated; in Freestone County, just more than 25% of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated; in Hamilton County, more than 38% of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated; in Hill County, almost 32% of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated; in Lampasas County, just more than 31% of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated; in Leon County, about 30% of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated; in Limestone County, almost 28% of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated; in Milam County, almost 34% of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated; in Mills County, just more than 33% of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated; in Navarro County, almost 35% of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated; in Robertson County, 34% of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated and in San Saba County, just more than 25% of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated.

The state has expanded its Mobile Vaccine Program to include groups of five or more residents who choose to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Previously groups of 10 or more were required to take advantage of the service.

Residents may call 844-90-TEXAS and then select Option 3 to schedule a mobile clinic to vaccinate a group of friends, relatives, employees, and others.

Homebound Texans are still encouraged to call the hotline and select Option 1 to request a state mobile vaccination team to visit their home.

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

The state earlier halted weekly allocations of COVID-19 vaccine to providers because supply exceeds demand instead is filling vaccine orders as they come in.

A White House initiative should also make it easier to find available vaccines.

Text a zip code to GetVax (438829), or in Spanish to Vacuna (822862), and the response will list three nearby locations with vaccines in stock.

The Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler allows residents to sign up for COVID-19 shots through a list of public health departments and select preferred times of day for vaccinations. Those without internet access may call 1-833-832-7067 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.

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SPREAD OF COVID-19 SLOWS, DEATH TOLL CONTINUES TO RISE

The spread of COVID-19 appears to have slowed to a snail’s pace in Central Texas, but the death toll continues to climb, and hundreds of area residents have active cases of the virus.

Eleven more confirmed cases of the virus were reported Tuesday in Central Texas, but because of adjustments in earlier county data, the regional total dropped from 79,347 Monday to 79,343 Tuesday.

More than 400 cases of the virus were active in Central Texas Tuesday.

The regional death toll may be as high as 1,695 but according to DSHS data Tuesday, the count stands at 1,687, including 435 Bell County residents, one fewer than the last local count of 436; 35 Bosque County residents; 86 Coryell County residents; 32 Falls County residents; 50 Freestone County residents; 27 Hamilton County residents; 109 Hill County residents; 33 Lampasas County residents; 43 Leon County residents; 80 Limestone County residents; 478 McLennan County residents,18 more than the local count of 460; 49 Milam County residents; 21 Mills County residents; 143 Navarro County residents, seven fewer than the local count of 150; 43 Robertson County residents, and 23 San Saba County residents.

The statewide death toll increased by 49 Tuesday to 50,690.

DSHS reported another 3,442 confirmed cases of the virus Tuesday, 1,043 of them new, increasing the statewide total to 2,528,130.

At least 25,566 cases were active Tuesday, 2,848,479 residents have recovered, and 1,530 were hospitalized, down from 1,542 on Monday.

In Trauma Service Area L, which includes Bell, Coryell, Hamilton, Lampasas, Milam, and Mills counties, at least 29 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 were hospitalized Tuesday, accounting for more than 2% of all hospitalizations and filling about 3% of available beds.

At least 16 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized Tuesday in Trauma Service Area M, which includes McLennan, Bosque, Falls, Hill and Limestone counties, accounting for about 4% of all hospitalizations and filling more than 2% of available beds.

The statewide Lab Test Date positivity rate was 2.77% Tuesday, down from 2.81% Monday.

A positivity rate of 5% or less generally indicates the virus is contained, experts say.

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BELL COUNTY

The Bell County Health District has paused updates of its local dashboard but says the updates will resume if the county’s incidence rate rises to more than 80 cases per 100,000 residents.

State data, which includes Fort Hood personnel who live on post, showed 22,634 total cases Tuesday, unchanged since May 26.

At least 177 cases were active Tuesday, and 21,915 residents have recovered.

State data showed 435 deaths Tuesday, an increase of two.

The last local data from mid-May showed 436 deaths.

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor dashboard Tuesday showed two active cases and a total of 370 since Aug. 1, 2020.

Texas A&M University-Central Texas showed no active cases Tuesday and a total of 43 since March 2020, 31 of them involving students.

The Killeen ISD’s online dashboard wasn’t accessible Tuesday.

The school district is working with McLane Children’s Hospital to provide vaccines to children 12 and older.

A medical team from the hospital will provide vaccinations at four different schools across the district next week.

Parents or guardians must be present.

Appointments aren’t necessary.

The medical team will return to the same schools later to provide second doses.

Consent forms and information about dates and locations are available online.

The Temple ISD’s online dashboard showed no active cases Tuesday.

The Belton ISD’s online dashboard showed no active cases Tuesday.

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MCLENNAN COUNTY

The Waco-McLennan County Health District reported 27,611 total cases Tuesday, an increase of six.

At least 56 cases were active Tuesday, 27,095 residents have recovered, and 16 were hospitalized, five of them on ventilators.

Local data showed 460 deaths.

State data showed 478 deaths.

COVID-19 testing provided by the Waco-McLennan County Health District and the Waco-McLennan County Office of Emergency Management has ended. Providers throughout the county including clinics and pharmacies still offer COVID-19 testing. The DSHS test location finder is a resource.

The City of Waco has updated protocols and no longer requires masks to be worn by the public outside on city property or inside city buildings except bus stations and the airport as required by federal law. City employees no longer are required to wear masks except those assigned to the airport of bus station. Occupancy restrictions have been lifted at city operated museums and venues. On Monday, city hall and the Development Center were reopened to the public. And on June 15, city council meetings will again be open to the public.

Baylor University’s online dashboard showed one active case involving a student and one involving a contractor Tuesday. Since Aug. 1, 2000, a total of 4,002 active cases have been confirmed on campus. Two tests have come back positive in the past seven days. Baylor is requiring weekly COVID-19 testing of students, faculty, and staff through the summer. The university will not require students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated against the virus this fall but is strongly encouraging everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible. The university has provided revised guidance for the summer, eliminating capacity limitations on outdoor activities, and making face coverings optional outside. Indoors, any student, faculty member or staff member who is fully vaccinated may meet indoors with fully vaccinated people in groups of 15 or fewer without face coverings or social distancing and may also meet with groups of vaccinated and unvaccinated people in groups of 15 or fewer without face coverings or social distancing.

The McLennan Community College dashboard showed no active cases Tuesday.

The Waco ISD dashboard showed no active cases Tuesday and a total of 304 student cases, 303 staff cases and 19 cases involving people classified as “other” since Sept. 8, 2020.

The Midway ISD’s online dashboard Tuesday showed eight cases across four campuses, five of them at the high school.

The Lorena ISD dashboard wasn’t accessible Tuesday.

The Mart ISD’s online dashboard showed no active cases Tuesday.

The McGregor ISD’s online dashboard showed no active cases Tuesday.

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CORYELL COUNTY

Coryell County had 7,035 confirmed and 282 probable cases Tuesday.

At least 7,232 residents have recovered.

DSHS data Tuesday showed no active cases.

The virus has claimed 86 lives in the county.

The Copperas Cove ISD’s online dashboard showed no active cases Tuesday.

The Gatesville ISD’s online dashboard wasn’t accessible Tuesday.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice Tuesday reported one case involving an inmate and two cases involving employees at the Christina Melton Crain Unit where 32 inmates were restricted and one was isolated; one case involving an employee at the Hilltop Unit; six cases involving employees at the Alfred D. Hughes Unit; no active cases at the Mountain View Unit; one case involving an employee at the Dr. Lane Murray Unit, and no active cases at the Linda Woodman State Jail.

The Cove House Free Clinic at 806 West Avenue D, Suite H, is offering free COVID-19 testing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays. Appointments are required and may be made by calling (254) 289-9865.

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FALLS COUNTY

Falls County had 1,898 total confirmed and 199 total probable cases Tuesday.

Two cases were active Tuesday and at least 2,063 residents diagnosed with the virus have recovered.

The virus has claimed the lives of 32 residents, state data showed.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice Tuesday reported one case involving an employee at the William Hobby Unit in Marlin, which was virus free for several weeks, and no active cases at the Marlin Transfer Unit.

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LIMESTONE COUNTY

Limestone County had a total of 2,164 confirmed and 652 probable cases Tuesday.

At least 14 cases were active, and 2,722 residents diagnosed with the virus have recovered.

The virus has claimed the lives of 80 residents of the county, state data showed.

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NAVARRO COUNTY

Navarro County had 3,481 confirmed and 2,415 probable cases of the virus Tuesday.

Of the total, at least 5,694 patients have recovered.

At least 59 cases were active Tuesday.

State data showed 143 deaths in the county.

Local data last updated on March 31 showed 150 deaths.

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OTHER COUNTIES

Bosque County had 1,377 confirmed and 313 probable cases of the virus Tuesday. Of the total, 1,651 residents have recovered and 35 have died, according to state data. At least four cases were active Tuesday.

Freestone County had 1,123 confirmed and 841 probable cases Tuesday. At least 1,884 residents have recovered and 50 have died according to state data. At least 20 cases were active Tuesday. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice Tuesday reported one case involving an employee at the William Boyd Unit in Teague, where 75 inmates were restricted.

Hamilton County had 723 confirmed and 60 probable cases of the virus Tuesday. At least 754 residents have recovered and 27 have died, according to state data. At least two cases were active Tuesday.

Hill County Tuesday had 3,810 confirmed cases and 725 probable cases. At least 4,411 patients have recovered, and 109 residents have died, according to state data. At least 15 cases were active Tuesday. The Hill College dashboard showed no active cases Tuesday on the Hill County campus. The Hillsboro ISD dashboard was not accessible Tuesday.

Lampasas County had 1,863 confirmed and 336 probable cases Tuesday. At least 2,160 residents have recovered, and 33 residents have died, according to state data. At least six cases were active Tuesday.

Leon County had 1,281 confirmed and 367 probable cases Tuesday. At least 1,601 patients have recovered, and 43 residents diagnosed with the virus have died, according to state data. At least four cases were active Tuesday.

Milam County had 1,460 confirmed and 1,095 probable cases Tuesday. At least 2,548 patients have recovered and 49 have died. Seven cases were active Tuesday.

Mills County had 595 confirmed and 63 probable cases of the virus Tuesday. At least 637 patients have recovered and 21 have died, according to state data. No cases were active Tuesday.

Robertson County had 1,763 confirmed cases Tuesday and 429 probable cases. At least 2,111 patients have recovered, and 43 residents diagnosed with the virus have died, according to state data. At least 38 cases were active Tuesday.

San Saba County had 525 confirmed cases Tuesday and 256 probable cases. At least 759 patients have recovered and 23 have died, according to state data, which showed no active cases Tuesday. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice Tuesday reported one case involving an inmate at the San Saba Transfer Facility where 25 inmates were restricted and one was isolated.

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