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LOCAL COVID LIVE BLOG: 12/14-1/1/21

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Posted at 6:13 PM, Dec 14, 2020

1/01/2021 updates:

4:35 p.m. - The Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District received notification of one COVID-19 related death today. The patient was a female in her 70’s.

4:30 p.m. - The Nueces County Public Health District says there are 159 new COVID-19 cases.

12/31 updates:

4:41 p.m. - Nueces County health officials say there were 438 new COVID-19 cases in Nueces County.

4:35 p.m. - The Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District received notification of three COVID-19 related deaths. The patients were 2 males and 1 female with ages ranging in their 60’s, 80’s and 100’s. The comorbidities of the patients included heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension.

12/30 updates:

4:38 p.m. - Nueces County reports 151 new cases Wednesday.

Out of the 4,599 hospitalized from the coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic, 175 are currently in hospital. 51 of those people are in intensive care. ​

The county has had 26,404 recoveries and the death count remains at 544.

10:15 a.m. - Jim Wells County Judge Juan Rodriguez and the Office of Emergency Management report 43 additional cases of COVID-19 which makes 294 active cases.

These updates are from Dec. 29.

The county reports a total of 2,529 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, with 2,335 recoveries, 63 fatalities, and 206 probable cases.

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12/29 updates:

11:29 p.m. - Brooks County reports 7 additional COVID-19 cases and 3 probable cases Tuesday making 53 active cases.

The county total is now at 581 cases and the death count remains at 27.

8:36 p.m. - Since the beginning of the pandemic, Live Oak County reports a total of 809 cases as of Tuesday.

4:30 p.m.- Nueces County reports 193 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 28,953 with 26,267 reported recoveries.

4:06 p.m. - Nueces County reports two new COVID-19 related deaths Tuesday.

The Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District says that the patients were one male and one female, both over 60. Their comorbidities included hyperlipidemia, hypothyroidism, and hypertension.

12:51 p.m. - Kleberg County reports 12 additional COVID-19 cases and 18 additional probable cases. The county-wide total is not 1,400 confirmed and 281 probable cases with 315 active cases.

12:30 p.m. - For Refugio County, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), there are now 412 confirmed COVID-19 cases, up 16 from Dec. 22. 52 of those cases are active, up 12 from Dec. 22.

There are now 27 probable COVID-19 cases, up 6 from Dec. 22.

The county's COVID-19 deaths remain at 17 with 370 recovered cases, up 10 from Dec. 22.

12/28 updates:

4:30 p.m.- Nueces County is reporting 51 new cases of COVID-19 Monday afternoon. This brings the total cases in the county to 28,760. Reported recoveries jumps to 26,124

12/27 updates:

4:00 p.m.- Nueces County is reporting 130 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday afternoon. This brings the total cases in the county to 28,709. Reported recoveries jumps to 26,060.

11:30 a.m.- Kleberg County reports eight new cases of COVID-19, nine probable cases and one COVID-19 related death. This brings the total cases in the county to 1,383, along with 260 total probable cases. There are 295 active cases.

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12/26 updates:

4:30 p.m.- Nueces County is reporting five deaths and 164 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday. The deaths were two men and three women between the ages 40 and 80. Comorbidities included asthma, diabetes, autoimmune disease and hypertension. This brings the total death count in the county to 542 and the total case count to 28,579 with 25,921 recovered.

12/25 updates:

4:35 p.m. - Nueces County is reporting 234 new cases on Friday, bringing the county's total of reported cases up to 28,415.

4:01 p.m. - Nueces County is reporting two new COVID-19-related deaths, bringing the death toll up to 537. The patients were two men, one in his 70s and one in his 80s, with underlying conditions such as hypertension.

12/24 updates:

5 p.m.- Nueces County reports one death and 221 new cases of COVID-19 on Christmas Eve. The man who passed was in his 80's and had cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The total deaths in the county are now at 535, and the total number of cases are at 28,181.

9:41 a.m. - Kingsville and Kleberg Co. are reporting 28 new cases.

12/23 updates:

5:04 p.m. - Nueces County is reporting 108 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, for a total of 27,960 cases since March.

4:05 p.m. - The Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District announced they have received notification of three COVID-19 related deaths. The patients were 2 males and 1 female with ages ranging in their 70s and 80s. The comorbidities of the patients included coronary artery disease, chronic kidney disease, hypothyroidism, and hypertension.

1 p.m. - Driscoll Children's Hospital will start administering doses of the coronavirus vaccine to staff today.

Driscoll Children's Hospital representative Ben Castle told us that 1,000 doses of Moderna vaccine have arrived.

12/22 updates:

4:37 p.m. - Nueces County health officials are reporting 208 new cases of COVID-19 for a total of 27,852 reported cases in the county.

4:20 p.m. - Nueces County health officials are reporting four deaths Tuesday and one unreported death from November. The patients' age ranges were 20s, 50s and 90s; they were two men and three women. Their underlying health issues included heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension. The death toll is now at 531.

11:30 a.m. - A COVID-19 outbreak is being reported at the Nueces County motor vehicle and voter registration offices. Because of this, offices will be closed until Monday Dec. 28. Mail and online payments are still on normal procedures.

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12/21 updates:

4:54 p.m. - Nueces County is reporting two deaths related to COVID-19 on Monday. The patients were a man and a woman in their 60s and 70s, with underlying medical conditions including heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension. The death toll is now at 526. The county also is reporting 183 new cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the total of reported cases since March to 27,644.

3:25 p.m. - Aransas County is reporting 515 total COVID cases, an increase of 23 cases since Wednesday. San Patricio County is reporting a total of 2,855 cases this year.

2:50 p.m. - Live oak county now has a total of 720 cases.

2:49 p.m. - The Local Health Authority for Jim Wells County Dr. Erik Nisimblat report that Jim Wells County has a COVID-19 positivity rate of 9.27% between Dec. 14 and Dec. 20. According to local officials, the statewide positivity rate for the same time period was 13.92%. This means the positivity rate has decreased from the previous week's positivity rate of 14.6%.

"Continue to follow hospital COVID Regular and ICU bed count trends," added Dr. Nisimblat. "This will give us a good idea on where we stand leading into Christmas/New Year. If hospital numbers stay low and stable then great. Vaccine approval and initial limited distribution has begun."

Jim Wells county saw it's highest positivity rate of 23.2% on July 5 of this year.

8:50 a.m. - Sinton City Hall has announced on its social media that it is closed due to COVID-19 concerns.

12/20 updates:

6:52 p.m. - Brooks County reports one new confirmed COVID-19 case, four new probable cases, and two new backlogged cases Sunday.

This makes 57 active cases for Brooks county.

The county has had a total of 27 deaths and 552 cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

4:20 p.m.- Nueces County is reporting four deaths and 130 new cases of COVID-19. The deaths were all men in their 60's and 70's with health conditions including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and hyperlipidemia. This brings the death count in the county to 524. There are now 27,461 total cases in the county with 24,924 recovered.

10:02 p.m. - Jim Wells County Judge Juan Rodriguez and the Office of Emergency Management reports 10 additional cases of COVID-19, and 13 backlogged cases from Dec. 19.

County officials report that the backlogged cases are not considered active cases.

The county no totals at 2,329 cases of COVID-19.

12/19 updates:

4:35 p.m.- Nueces County Health District is reporting two deaths and 190 new cases of COVID-19. The two deaths were one man and one woman in their 80's and 90's. Their underlying health conditions included coronary artery disease, hyperlipidemia, hypothyroidism, and hypertension. This brings the total number of deaths in the county to 520. The total number of COVID-19 cases in the county is now up to 27,331 with 24,714 recovered.

12/18 updates:

6:55 p.m. - US clears Moderna vaccine for COVID-19, 2nd shot in arsenal. Much-needed doses are set to arrive Monday after the Food and Drug Administration authorized an emergency rollout of the vaccine developed by Moderna Inc. and the National Institutes of Health.

5:55 p.m. - Nueces County officials say the Moderna vaccine is expected to arrive in Nueces County next week.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Advisory panel recommended the approval of a second COVID-19 vaccine. This one is manufactured by Moderna. Earlier, the FDA approved a COVID-19 vaccine made by Pfizer. With the favorable recommendation, 23 Nueces County COVID-19 providers received notification of an approved vaccine allocation. The new allocation will account for an additional 5,800 COVID-19 vaccine doses which are available for Phase 1 category qualifying recipients. As of today, Nueces County has been allocated a total 12,450 COVID-19 vaccines.
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5:25 p.m. - According to the Texas Department of Human Services COVID-19 case data, here are the total COVID-19 cases and active cases.

Jim Well County272 COVID-19 Cases44 Active COVID-19 cases
Duval County722 COVID-19 Cases80 Active COVID-19 cases
Brooks County464 COVID-19 Cases52 Active COVID-19 cases
Kenedy County14 COVID-19 Cases1 Active case

4:00 p.m. - Nueces County reports 190 new cases and no deaths Friday afternoon.

1:26 p.m. - Live Oak County is reporting total of 713 reported cases in the county, an increase of 20 cases from Wednesday.

11:05 a.m. - Del Mar College reported Friday that two of its East Campus employees tested positive for COVID-19.

12/17 updates:

4:50 p.m. - Nueces County reports 170 new cases and one new death Thursday.

From the beginning of the pandemic, this raises the county-wide total case count to 26,951 and the death count to 518.

There are currently 116 COVID-19 patients in county hospitals, of which, 45 are in intensive care.

24,228 people have recovered from the virus since the beginning of the pandemic in Nueces county.

4:13 p.m. - 492 total confirmed cases are reported in Aransas County.

2:48 p.m. - Jim Wells County Judge Juan Rodriguez and the Office of Emergency Management report 11 additional COVID-19 cases, and 3 backlog cases from Wednesday.

The countywide total is 2,278 cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

The DSHS Dashboard shows 2,101 recoveries, 256 active cases, 60 total fatalities, and 153 probable cases as of Thursday for Jim Wells county.

Bee County officials say they have not had a new COVID-19 case or death since Dec. 10.

12/16 updates:

8:04 p.m. - Brooks County reports 8 additional confirmed cases, 3 new probable cases, and 3 new backlogged cases of COVID-19 Wednesday. The countywide total case count is at 531.

The county has had 27 COVID-19 related deaths total.

4:35 p.m. - Nueces County reports 162 new COVID-19 cases.

4:15 p.m. - Live Oak County reports a total of 693 cases.

Of the total, 284 are FCI inmates and the remaining 409 are not.

"FCI Inmates -284 total. 213 of these are confirmed cases and have recovered. The remaining 71 are confirmed cases and in active quarantine. Citizens - 409 total. 34 confirmed cases in active quarantine and 18 probable in quarantine. 54 confirmed cases active and recovering and 11 probable and recovering. This makes 88 confirmed cases active and 29 probable cases. There are 282 recovered citizens (186 confirmed and 96 probable)." says a Facebook message from the City of George West.

The county has had 10 COVID-19 related deaths total.

8:29 a.m. - Refugio County officials report one COVID-19 related death Wednesday.

This makes 17 COVID-19 related deaths for the county.

12/15 updates:

6 p.m. - A representative from Christus Spohn Shoreline says the hospital administered over 200 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to frontline health care workers in the Coastal Bend.

In the coming days and weeks, the hospital plans to vaccinate more.

“This is hopefully the beginning of the end of this pandemic. Having this vaccine is truly a shot in the arm of positivity – to know that we are resilient, we have a future and we are looking forward to the future in 2021,” said Dr. Osbert Blow, President and Chief Medical Officer, CHRISTUS Spohn Health System.

A press release from the hospital says receiving the vaccine is not mandatory.

“We feel this is going to be an important step to protecting our Associates, so that in turn we can protect our patients,” said Dr. Blow.

“This is hopefully the beginning of the end of this pandemic. Having this vaccine is truly a shot in the arm of positivity – to know that we are resilient, we have a future and we are looking forward to the future in 2021,” said Dr. Osbert Blow, President and Chief Medical Officer, CHRISTUS Spohn Health System.

4:25 p.m.- Nueces County is reporting 186 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total in the county to 26,619. Reported recoveries are at 24,057.

Jim Wells County reports 12 additional cases of COIVD-19, along with eight backlog cases for December 14, 2020, bringing the total in the county to 2,231.

4:06 p.m. - The Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District received notification of three COVID-19 related deaths. One of the deaths reported today is from a death certificate received for November. The patients were 2 males and 1 female with ages ranging in their 30s, 50s, and 80s. The comorbidities of the patients included coronary artery disease, chronic kidney disease, and hypertension

12/14 updates:

5:24 p.m. - Nueces County reported no new deaths Monday, but did report 104 new cases. The county's death toll remains at 514, and it has had a total of 26,433 cases reported.

4:31 p.m. - Bee, Aransas and San Patricio counties all reported no new cases. Bee has had a total of 2,118 cases reported; Aransas has had 474 total cases.

4:24 p.m. - Duval County reported Monday that it added 15 cases this weekend for a total of 682 reported cases. Jim Hogg County reported nine new cases over the weekend for a reported total of 251 cases.

4:21 p.m. - Brooks County reported two new cases for a total of 500 reported cases. The county has seen 26 deaths and 435 recoveries. Refugio County reported one new case

9:45 a.m. - Refugio County Officials report one new positive COVID-19 case Monday.

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