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COVID-19 Bulletin (12/16/20)

Parkland begins vaccinations of the staff. FDA approves an at-home COVID-19 test that doesn't require a prescription.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins reported 1,947 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, with six deaths. “It will still be some time before the general public will have broad access to the vaccines with the government working to get it to people in the order of their degree of risk,” he tweeted.

Parkland Health and Hospital System began administering the COVID-19 vaccine to employees today, giving hope to many who have suffered greatly working through the pandemic. Nearly 6,000 employees are to be vaccinated in the next 11 days, the Dallas Morning News reports.

The FDA has approved an at-home COVID-19 test. This is the first such test that doesn’t require a doctor’s prescription. WFAA has more.

Experts warn that a patient who has received a vaccine can still spread the virus, and are reminding the public to not let their guard down just because the vaccinations have begun. Learn more from The Texas Tribune.


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