COVID-19 Bulletin (12/14/20)

Nearly 4,000 new cases added Saturday and Sunday as vaccine distribution begins.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins reported 3,929 cases on Saturday and Sunday, with 12 deaths.

Governor Abbott released news that Texas will provide COVID-19 vaccinations to staff members and residents of long-term care facilities starting December 21. Free vaccines from Pfizer will be provided to facilities as part of the federal Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program, KERA News reported.

The pandemic has crushed the spirits of many Texas health care workers after claiming the lives of over 1,000 of their colleagues across the nation since the beginning of the pandemic. Other health care workers have developed long-term symptoms of their months spent handling the virus, The Texas Tribune reported.

A health expert from the Center for Vaccine Development at Texas Children’s Hospital discussed the safety of the recent FDA approved COVID-19 vaccine headed to Texas. Dr. Peter Hotez discussed the virus’ disproportionate effect on the Hispanic community in Texas and explained why he believes Latinos should be near the front of the line for a vaccine, The Texas Standard reported.


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