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Nueces County pandemic-wide fatality toll remains at 774
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Posted at 2:09 PM, Mar 31, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-01 18:09:56-04

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4/30 updates:

4:50 p.m. - There were no new COVID-19 deaths reported in Nueces County, keeping our pandemic-wide total at 774.

County officials announced 62 new cases counts, swelling the total number of COVID-19 cases reported during the pandemic to 41,746. Of that total, 40,611 have recovered.

12:05 p.m. - The Save our Seniors Vaccination hotline is open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday for homebound seniors looking to get vaccinated. The number is 1-888-728-0018.

Phone lines are open on Fridays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The City will announce when the supply is available and when the hotline will be open for registration.

4/29 updates:

5 p.m. - Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales announced that the health department has received a grant from the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to increase COVID-19 vaccination capacity in Nueces County.

The $18,073,609 grant, requires the Nueces County-Corpus Christi Public Health District to submit a plan to boost COVID-19 vaccination distributions for the county, including high-risk and underserved populations.

“These funds will give the Health District the resources needed to get everyone in our community who wants a CoVID-19 vaccine to get vaccinated, quickly and equitably,” Public Health Director Annette Rodriguez said.

The grant extends through June 30, 2024.

4:31 p.m. - The Nueces County Health Department says no new deaths and 74 new cases Thursday.

The total cases are now at 41,684, with 39,774 recovered cases. There have been 774 total deaths for the county.

Currently, there are 46 people hospitalized due to the virus, of which, 16 are in intensive care.

4/28 updates:

4:40 p.m. - The Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District reports two more COVID-19 related fatalities on Wednesday.

The two latest fatalities were women in their 40's. Their death pushes the local pandemic-wide total to 776.

The comorbidities of those most recent deaths include hypertension.

The county also reported 76 new local COVID-19 cases, swelling the pandemic-wide local total to 41,610. Of that total, 39,742 have recovered.

4/27 updates:

4:45 p.m. - The Corpus Christi – Nueces County Public Health District reports 84 new COVID-19 cases and one death Tuesday afternoon. Doctors said the patient was one male in his 60’s. The comorbidities of this patient include hypertension and heart disease.

3:45 p.m. - A walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Borchard Fairgrounds in Robstown.

First and second doses of the Moderna vaccinine will be administered to those 18 years of age and older.

No appointment is needed.

3:30 p.m. - The Texas Health and Human Services Department has announced that just less than 99,000 people in Nueces County are fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

That total is about 27 percent of the county's overall population.

And as of Monday, more than 134,000 people in the county have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

More than 226,000 doses of the vaccine have been administered.

4/26 updates:

4:35 p.m. - Nueces County reports 55 new COVID-19 cases. The total case count now 41,450. So far, 39,570 have recovered.

4:06 p.m. - The Corpus Christi - Nueces County Public Health District received notification of four COVID-19 related deaths. The patients were 1 male and 3 females with ages ranging in their 40’s, 50’s, 70’s and 90’s. The comorbidities of the patients include hypertension and heart disease.

11:30 a.m. - The Buc Days commission is offering free admission to those who take advantage of its free Moderna vaccine clinics.

According to a press release sent from the Buc Days representatives, the Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District will set up vaccination clinic tents outside the two Buc Days entrance gates.

Vaccine recipients must be 18 years or older.

The hours of the clinics will be Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and weekends from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m..

Visit BucDays.com for a full schedule and list of events and attractions for Buc Days 2021.

4/23 updates:

The Corpus Christi - Nueces County Public Health District will provide several opportunities for individuals to receive their first or second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines next week. Both vaccines will be available daily at La Palmera Mall during regular mall hours. The Moderna vaccine will be available at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds on Tuesday, April 27, and Wednesday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Things to know:

  • The Pfizer vaccine is available for those 16 years of age and older.
  • The Moderna vaccine is available for anyone 18 years of age and older.
  • Patrons can pre-register by calling 361-561-1101.
  • To pre-register online, visit https://www.cctexas.com/vaccineregistration [cctexas.com] and click on the “Vaccination Registration” link. During online pre-registration, you must receive a Quick Response (QR) code. Once the online pre-registration limit is reached, you will not be able to register until additional vaccines become available.
  • Walk-ins are welcome on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • New registrations will open upon vaccine availability for future clinics.
  • Vaccines of different brands should not be mixed. If you received Moderna vaccine for your first dose, you should receive Moderna vaccine for your second dose.
  • If you registered for the first dose, you do not need to register again for the second dose.

Visit www.cctexas.com/coronavirus [cctexas.com] and www.nuecesknows.com [nuecesknows.com] for more information. You can also find updates on city social media channels Facebook @citygov [facebook.com] and Twitter @cityofcc. [twitter.com]

4/22 updates:

4:30 p.m.- Nueces County is reporting one COVID-19 related death and 24 new cases. This brings the total number of deaths in the county to 766, and the total amount of cases to 41,204, with 39,290 recovered.

12:08 p.m.- The Corpus Christi – Nueces County Public Health District is moving Friday's second dose vaccine clinic from the health district building on Horne Rd. to the Greenwood Senior Center due to forecast thunderstorms.

The walk-thru clinic will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and they will be administering the Moderna vaccine.

You can also receive your first or second dose COVID-19 vaccine at La Palmera Mall, in the former Charming Charlie Store and the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds.

11:31 a.m.- The Save Our Seniors pre-registration hotline will be open Friday, April 23 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Firefighters will give 500 Moderna vaccines to home-bound seniors the week of April 26.

The SOS hotline will also be open to individuals with transportation issues that prevent them from getting to vaccination clinics. The hotline number to pre-register is 1-888-728-0018.

9:40 a.m.- The city of Beeville will host two free COVID-19 vaccination clinics this week thanks to the Community Action Corporation of South Texas (CACOST).

You must pre-register for the following clinics:

When: Friday, April 23rd from 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m..

Where: Bee Expo Center South 214 FM 351 Beeville, Tx 78102

Register Here - 1st Dose

When: Friday, April 23rd from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m..

Where: Bee County Expo Center South 214 FM 351 Beeville, Tx 781029

Register here - Moderna 2nd Dose

For more information on 1A, 1B, and 1C phases, please visit this site.

4/21 updates:

The Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District reported no new COVID-19 deaths and 96 new cases on Wednesday in Nueces County.

The local COVID-19 fatality toll during the pandemic remains unchanged at 765.

With the new cases reported, Nueces County's total case count during the pandemic is 41,180. Of that total, 39,214 have recovered.

4/20 updates:

5:10 p.m - The Corpus Christi – Nueces County Public Health District has announced that there are 97 new COVID-19 cases in Nueces County Tuesday afternoon. As for now, Nueces County reports they have had 41,084 total COVID-19 cases, 39,924 have recovered from the virus.

4:30 p.m - The Nueces County Public Health District says they received a notification of one COVID-19 related death. The patient was a male in his 50’s. The comorbidities of the patient included hypertension and liver disease.

4/19 updates:

4:15 p.m. - Nueces County reports one new local death from COVID-19 and 117 new cases on Monday.

The Corpus Christi - Nueces County Public Health District received notification of a female in her 40’s. The comorbidities of the patient include diabetes and hypertension.

The death pushes the countywide total during the pandemic to 764 fatalities.

The total of COVID-19 cases in Nueces County in the pandemic swells to 40,987. Of those, 39,093 have recovered.

4/17 updates:

4:30 p.m.- Nueces County reports zero deaths and 94 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday. This brings the total number of cases in the county to 40,840 with 38,973 recovered.

2:40 p.m.- Heading to Fiesta De Lotería in Kingsville? Kleberg County Judge Rudy Madrid says they are offering COVID-19 vaccines at the festival until 5:00 p.m.

He also says they will be offering vaccines at Veterans Memorial Park in Driscoll from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

4/16 updates:

4:40 p.m.- Nueces County is reporting one death and 54 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the death count to 763, and the total case count to 40,746. From these, 38,939 have recovered.

4/15 updates:

6:33 p.m. - Nueces County officials received notification of 31 new COVID-19 cases and no new fatalities on Thursday. It pushes the pandemic-wide total to 40,692 pandemic-wide cases and 38,873 recoveries. The total number of fatalities remains at 761.

4/14 updates:

4:40 p.m. - Nueces County Public Health District received notification of one COVID-19 related death on Wednesday. The patient was a female in her 30’s. Her comorbidities included heart disease and hypothyroidism.

It pushes the county-wide COVID-19 fatality total during the pandemic to 762.

Officials also announced 52 new local COVID-19 cases, pushing the county-wide pandemic total to 40,661. Of that total, 38,707 patients have recovered.

4/13 updates:

4:10 p.m. - The Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District received notification of three COVID-19 related deaths on Tuesday. It pushes the county-wide COVID-19 fatality total during the pandemic to 761.

The deceased released on Tuesday were a male and two females in their 50’s, 60's and 70's. The comorbidities of the patients included diabetes.

Officials also announced 120 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, pushing the overall total in the pandemic to 40,609. Officials say that 38,707 of those have recovered.

2:50 p.m. - HEB released a statement following the recent developments following the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. "Following CDC and FDA recommendations, we are suspending the use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine until further direction is provided."

Nueces County Director of Public Health, Annette Rodriguez told KRIS 6 news that they will not be giving any Johnson & Johnson Vaccine until they receive further instructions from the Texas Department of State Health. This comes after the FDA and CDC called for a pause in using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as they examine the possibility of the vaccine causing rare but severe blood clots.

She also said this will not affect today's walk-up clinic at La Palmera Mall, because they have plenty of Moderna vaccine and Pfizer as well.

Fire Chief Rocha with the Corpus Christi Fire Deprtment says J&J was not used for the city's Save our Seniors program. He said they have only distributed Moderna to the seniors.

Governor Greg Abbott has also released a statement informing Texans that the Texas Department of Sate Health is working with the federal government, and takes these safety issues seriously. He is also still encouraging Texans to get the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines in order to curb the spread of COVID-19. See his full statement below.

"The State of Texas is working in tandem with the federal government and vaccine providers to temporarily pause all administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. While no cases of blood clots have been reported in Texas, we are taking the reports of rare adverse effects seriously and are working to ensure that COVID-19 vaccines administered in our state continue to be safe and effective. I urge Texans who do experience adverse reactions, such as severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccination, to contact their health care providers or call 2-1-1 to receive a referral for a health care provider. Vaccines are a crucial tool to mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and remain the most effective way to combat the virus in our communities. I continue to encourage Texans who wish to receive the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines to sign up."

9:02 a.m. - STATEMENT FROM WHITE HOUSE ON J&J VACCINE:

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4/12 updates:

5:01 p.m. - No new COVID-19 deaths were announced in Nueces County. The local fatality total throughout the pandemic remains at 758.

County officials announced 64 new COVID-19 cases in Nueces County, pushing the pandemic-wide count to 40,489 cases. And of that total, 38,654 have recovered.

11:00 a.m. - Daily COVID-19 vaccines are happening today for anybody 18 years or older.

The Corpus Christi Nueces County Public Health District is sponsoring an event that will continue until 5 p.m. today at Whataburger Field.

It's a first-come, first-served event for walk-in patients.

10:46 a.m. - Anyone in the Coastal Bend 18 or older can walk-in for a COVID-19 vaccination today, Tuesday or Wednesday at the Joe Garza Recreation Center, 3204 Highland.

The event, sponsored by WellMed will continue from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There is no cost for receiving the shot.

4/10 updates:

4:30 p.m.- Nueces County reports two deaths and 93 new cases of COVID-19. The deaths were two women in their 50's, bringing the death count in the county to 758, and the total case count to 40,357. There are 38,523 peple who have recovered.

4/9 updates:

4:50 p.m.- Nueces County is reporting one death and 59 new cases of COVID-19 Friday afternoon. The death was a woman in her 90's, bringing the death count in the county to 756 and the total cases to 40,264. From these, 38,457 are reported recoveries.

1 p.m. - A WellMed Clinic at the Joe Garza Recreation Center on Highland will be accepting walk-in registration for COVID-19 vaccine today and for three days next week.

It's open until 4 p.m. today. And then on Monday through Wednesday of next week, the clinic will be open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The clinic is offering the two-dose Moderna vaccine.

10:30 a.m. - The Corpus Christi Fire Department will open its Save Our Seniors pre-registration hotline at noon today. It will remain open until 5 p.m. for 500 homebound seniors who will be vaccinated beginning on Monday.

The hotline number is 1-888-728-0018 and is available in English and Spanish. Seniors and individuals who are homebound are invited to register for this program. The hotline number will only be open during the pre-registration time, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The vaccine administered will be Moderna.

A homebound senior is identified as a person who is unable to leave their home without difficulty. It is usually due to advanced age, illness or disability.

The CCFD will continue to offer vaccinations as vaccines become available.

To find out more about the Save Our Seniors Homebound program visit www.cctexas.com/sos [cctexas.com]. For the latest coronavirus information visit www.cctexas.com/coronavirus [cctexas.com] and www.nuecesknows.com [nuecesknows.com].

4/8 updates:

4:55 p.m. - Local officials announced no new local COVID-19 deaths and 83 new cases were confirmed on Thursday.

Nueces County continues to have 755 deaths attributable to COVID-19 during the pandemic. There have been 40,205 local COVID-19 cases. Of that total, 38,383 patients have recovered.

1:00 p.m.- Driscoll Children's Hospital is hosting Pfizer vaccine clinics today, Friday, and Saturday. There are still appointments available for later this afternoon, as well as appointments for Friday and Saturday morning. To make an appointment, click here.

8:30 a.m.- Nurses on Wheels has around 1,000 Pfizer vaccine doses open for the public. Appointments can be made in the mornings, evenings, and weekends on a first-come, first-serve basis. To make an appointment, call 361-882-0181 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.

4/7 updates:

4:04 p.m. - The Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District received notification of two more COVID-19 related deaths on Wednesday.

The patients were two males, with ages ranging in their 50's. The comorbidities of the patients included hypertension and heart disease.

Their deaths push the county-wide fatality total during the pandemic to 755.

Officials also announced 47 new COVID-19 cases in Nueces County on Wednesday. It pushes the total case count in the pandemic to 40,122. Of that total, 38,316 have recovered.

2:00 p.m.- The city of Corpus Christi says there are still Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines available for those 18 and older at the Richard Borchard Fairgrounds in Robstown. No appointments needed.

12:05 p.m. - Gov. Greg Abbott has announced additional Coastal Bend counties have agreed to take part in the statewide "Save Our Seniors" vaccine initiative program.

They include Aransas, Brooks, Duval and San Patricio counties.

As part of the program, state and local leaders will work together to set up vaccine clinics or deliver them to homebound seniors.

Abbott first announced details of the plan during a press conference in Corpus Christi earlier this year.

4/6 updates:

6 p.m. - Wednesday, April 7, the Corpus Christi–Nueces County Public Health District will administer 1,000 Johnson & Johnson vaccines beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, while supplies last, during a walk-thru clinic at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds, 1213 Terry Shamsie Boulevard in Robstown, Texas.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires a single-dose vaccination.

Pre-registration is not required for this vaccination clinic and drop-ins are welcome.

For more information, contact the Corpus Christi - Nueces County Public Health District, at 361-826-7200 (select option 2).

4:50 p.m. - For three days next week, San Patricio County will host three walk-up Moderna vaccination clinics.

No pre-registration is required. This is a first-come, first-serve distribution while supplies last.

The clinics will be helpd April 7, 8 and 9 - Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The distribution will be held at the San Patricio County Events Center at 219 W. 5th St. in Sinton.

4:25 p.m. - Local officials received notification of two more COVID-19 related deaths on Tuesday, pushing the county-wide fatality total during the pandemic to 753.

The patients were a male and a female with ages ranging in their 60’s and 100’s. The comorbidities of the patients included diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.

Seventy more cases were diagnosed in the county, pushing the case total during the pandemic to 40,075. Of that total, 38,231 have recovered.

11:58 a.m. - Registration remains open up for anyone over the age of 16 to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at Wednesday’s City of Corpus Christi and Driscoll Children’s Hospital Vaccine Site.

First doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will be administered Wednesday, April 7, from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., at the American Bank Center. Use the Main Entrance on the bayside of the Convention Center or the west side Convention Center entrance, whichever is more convenient.

Individuals under the age of 18 must have consent from their parents or legal guardian in order to be vaccinated.

Things to Know

· Please make an appointment at the website, www.driscollchildrens.org/covid19vaccine. Appointments also can be made by calling 1-844-977-1477 Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Please call the same number if you need to cancel an appointment.

· The quickest way to sign up is online. You may experience hold times using the Call Center.

· You will be automatically signed up for the second dose on the day you receive your first. The second dose will be administered Thursday, April 28. Please be sure you are available for both dates before you make an appointment.

· There is no charge for getting the vaccine and there is no early preregistration for the vaccine. A person must have a scheduled appointment to get the vaccine. Do not arrive more than 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment. If you are more than an hour late, your appointment will be canceled and you will have to reschedule.

· People are asked to approach the vaccination area from Shoreline. At the corner of Fitzgerald, they will go to the first check station, where police will confirm they have an appointment and direct them to the appropriate parking lot. There is no charge for parking.

· There will be general parking available in Lots 2, 3, 5, and 10. There also will be handicapped/special needs parking available in Lot 4 and curbside along the bay side entrance. For your convenience, there also is a curbside drop-off location and limited shuttle service that will provide transportation to and from all parking lots.

· For mobility-impaired persons, there are three choices:

1) You can be dropped off at the entrance and then your driver can pick you up.

2) There is limited handicapped curbside parking on the bayside entrance and in Lot 4.

3) There will be limited shuttle service that will provide transportation to and from parking lots.
· If you use a mobility device to get around, please bring your own. We will have volunteers assisting.

· We will not administer the vaccine in your car.

· Do not come to the vaccination site if you are currently sick with COVID-19 or have been diagnosed within the last 14 days

· Driscoll Children’s Hospital will post on www.driscollchildrens.org/covid19vaccine when future vaccine appointments become available.

· The days and hours the City of Corpus Christi and Driscoll Children’s Hospital COVID-19 Vaccination Site will be open will be determined based on the day the shipment is received and the number of vaccines received. Once it arrives, we will update the website and open registration.

10:39 a.m. - The City of Corpus Christi says they have vaccine appointments available Tuesday.

Tuesday morning, the Corpus Christi - Nueces County Public Health District announced that they had 2,000 Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccines available at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds.

Officials say no registration is required and drop-ins are welcome. The vaccines are available from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m..

The fairgrounds are located at 1213 Terry Shamsie Boulevard, in Robstown.

4/5 updates:

4:55 p.m. - The Corpus Christi-Nueces County Health District has confirmed zero new deaths and 80 new COVID-19 cases for Nueces County on Monday.

During the pandemic, Nueces County's most recent numbers include 751 total deaths attributable to COVID-19, along with 40,005 total cases. Of that total, 38,182 have recovered.

4/ 3 updates:

4:40 p.m.- The Corpus Christi-Nueces County Health District has confirmed zero deaths and 31 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 39,873 with 38,084 recovered.

4/2 updates:

4:40 p.m. - County officials announced that no new deaths and 72 new COVID-19 cases were released on Friday. That pushes the county-wide total during the pandemic to 39,842 cases and 749 deaths in Nueces County.

And of the total cases, 38,700 have recovered.

11:15 a.m. - Pre-registration has begun for the "Save Our Seniors" program created by Gov. Greg Abbott.

It's a program that allows homebound seniors to get vaccinated at home.

There are 500 first-dose vaccinations available.

In order to register, you can call their hotline at 1-888-728-0018.

The line is only open until 6 p.m.

4/1 updates:

5:05 p.m. - Nueces County officials reported 91 new COVID-19 cases and one new death in information released on Thursday.

The new cases push the local total to 39,770 total cases and 749 deaths.

3/31 updates:

5:43 p.m. - The Nueces County-city of Corpus Christi Public Health District is reporting 83 new cases of COVID-19 for a total of 39,679 reported cases since March 2020. One death also was reported, bringing the total of deaths reported in the county to 748.

2 p.m. - Texas A&M- Corpus Christi will be holding a first dose drive-thru clinic on Thursday April 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The CHRISTUS Spohn Health System will be administering 1,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, and any adult over the age of 16 is eligible. Five-hundred doses will be allotted for TAMU-CC faculty and staff who will be given a pre-registration link to set up an appointment. The other 500 doses will be available on a first-come, first served basis with on-site registration.

The drive-thru clinic will be held in the Sand Dollar Parking Lot next to the Performing Arts Center.

1:55 p.m. - The city of Corpus Christi and Nueces County are holding a first and second dose Moderna vaccine clinic at the Richard Borchard Fairgrounds in Robstown until 6 p.m. Slots are still available for today. You can drop in with no appointment and receive your vaccine, or you can schedule online or by phone at 361-561-1101.

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