A vaccine is our way to fight back…

The active COVID-19 case count for today is 279 and 7 new fatalities have been reported since last Monday. Of the fatalities, one person was in their 30’s, three people in their 40’s and 50’s, two in their 60’s and one in their 80’s. Just because you are healthy, doesn’t mean you are off the hook. We see younger, healthy people lose to COVID and we need to turn this around and fight back. COVID can affect you no matter how healthy you are. For most of us, COVID symptoms are mild to moderate and we can recover at home, but this is like gambling with your life because there is no way to know how it will affect you. Getting vaccinated is much easier than trying to self-medicate, taking pills or other remedies that may or may not work, and then rolling the dice. A vaccine is our way to fight back. If you sit back now, you may lose out on an opportunity that is time-sensitive and free by the way. Vaccination works, you may still get COVID but the goal is to not end up in the hospital. For those wanting additional data, the Texas COVID-19 Data website has COVID information on cases, vaccines, schools, nursing facility data, and the COVID dashboards are updated daily. This is the easiest way to get a quick look at the county information. See link below.
Booster doses are not yet out but will be soon for those waiting.
A reminder for those who are immunocompromised and can/should get additional dose now:
* Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
* Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
* Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
* Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
* Advanced or untreated HIV infection
* Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response
People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.
VACCINE DATA UPDATE since 8/23/2021
People that are fully vaccinated age 12 and older:
Medina County 51.18% up from 49.52%
Texas 56.85 up from 55.42%
CASE DATA UPDATE since 8/23/2021
Confirmed Cases: 4,125
Probable Cases: 1,670
Fatalities: 128 up from 121
Active Cases (estimated): 279 up from 257
Recovered (estimated): 5,396 (see State’s definition of recovered for this count)
Texas COVID-19 Data: https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/AdditionalData.aspx
COVID-19 Testing Sites: https://dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/testing.aspx
COVID-19 Vaccine for Moderately to Severely Immunocompromised People: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/immuno.html
By Trish Mechler, BSN, RN
Medina County Health Unit Director