COVID-19 Bulletin (12/17/20)

Dallas County sets a record for new COVID-19 cases, with more than 2,400 new cases on Wednesday.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins reported 2,438 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, with 12 deaths. He encouraged Dallas residents to stay home when they can. “Holiday shopping for both food and gifts can be done online or over the phone with curbside or at-home delivery. Although this requires a little more planning, it will be well worth it in keeping you, your family, your community and ultimately your country a little bit stronger,” he tweeted.

Many nursing home and senior living staff and residents will have to wait a couple more weeks to receive the vaccine, even though they are eligible now. Many have signed up to receive the vaccine via the federal Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program, which is managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The program distributes the Pfizer vaccine to Walgreens and CVS locations at no cost to facilities that are part of the program. Read on with the Dallas Morning News.

Trials for the Moderna version of the vaccine are underway, with DFW residents taking part. The Allen fire chief volunteered to take the vaccine to show the public that it was safe and effective. Learn more with WFAA.

States and local leaders have been in conflict about pandemic measures, as state mandates don’t always match with what is happening in a local community. County officials have at times made requests to take more precautions as cases spike, but state officials and appeals courts have struck down those measures, KERA reports.


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