COVID-19 Bulletin (04/20/21)

Researchers have discovered a Texas-based variant. Texas' two-week average is going up.

Sunday and Monday saw 506 new COVID-19 cases and 13 deaths, according to Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

Researchers at Texas A&M have identified a new variant of COVID-19 called BV-1. BV-1, named after the Brazos Valley is has been observed in one patient who had mild symptoms that lasted about a month. WFAA has more about this variant. 

Dallas-based nonprofit Project Unity is expanding its free community vaccination event to West Dallas starting on Monday, reports KERA.  The vaccination event will serve a predominantly Spanish-speaking neighborhood as nationwide data shows Black and Latino communities have been hardest hit by COVID-19 and are being vaccinated at lower rates. 

The two-week rolling average of coronavirus cases in Texas is increasing, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The story from the Dallas Morning News shows the average number of new cases per day in the state has risen from 3,286.4 on April 1 to 3,458.9 on April 15, an increase of 5.2% 


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