Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins reported 1,750 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, with 17 deaths. “Just as it’s always the darkest before the dawn, these first two months will be difficult, but my hope is that by the end of February, things will begin to improve and continue to improve as more and more people are vaccinated,” he tweeted.
As the COVID-19 deaths are peaking in Texas, only one-third of the total vaccines have been distributed. Over 300,000 more doses are on the way to Texas providers, the Texas Tribune reports.
Many Black Americans are weary of the COVID-19 vaccine, and only 42 percent of Black adults in the U.S. said they would get the vaccine in a Pew study. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson is working to change historic distrust of the medical system, the Dallas Morning News reports.
Italy Independent School District in Ellis County is extending its winter break because of surging COVID-19 cases. The district will extend the break one week because of cases among the students and staff. WFAA has more.