As of December 17, 2020, two COVID-19 vaccines have been authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Vaccine will be shipped directly to enrolled COVID-19 vaccine provides as allocated by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS).
On Friday, January 8, County Judge Todd Little and Ellis County Municipal Leadership issued a letter to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Public Health Region
⅔ regarding additional COVID-19 vaccine allotment for Ellis County.
Ellis and Tarrant County have established a partnership to allow Ellis County residents who qualify under distribution phase 1A (vaccinate health care workers) and 1B (people who are 65 and older and those who have a medical condition that increases their risk of severe disease or death) to be eligible to register in Tarrant County for a COVID-19 vaccination.
Ellis County residents in qualifying groups 1A and 1B may now register for a COVID-19 vaccine
County and City officials are currently working closely with the State of Texas to develop an ELLIS COUNTY VACCINATION HUBto administer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to the community.
State to Provide COVID-19 Vaccine for Large Vaccination Hubs
January 7, 2021 - Next week, Texas will direct most of the COVID-19 vaccine received from the federal government to large providers who can vaccinate a total of more than 100,000 people. Additional vaccine will be distributed to smaller providers in other parts of the state.
As the vaccination effort continues to expand to people who are at a greater risk of hospitalization and death, in addition to front-line health care workers, these vaccination hubs will provide people in those priority populations with identifiable sites where vaccination is occurring and a simpler way to sign-up for an appointment with each provider.
Providers that receive the larger amounts of vaccine will vaccinate health care workers, people who are 65 and older, and those who have a medical condition that increases their risk of severe disease or death. They also agree to provide a registration phone number and website and focus on areas and populations hardest hit by COVID-19 while vaccinating people from surrounding areas.
The Texas Department of State Health Services surveyed vaccine providers about their capacity to operate large, community vaccination sites the week of January 11 and will publish a list of vaccine hub providers later this week once vaccine allocation is finalized.
Large and small sites around Texas will receive a total of about 200,000 doses of vaccine next week. That will be the last week the state is required to reserve doses to vaccinate residents and staff of long-term care facilities under the federal pharmacy-LTC partnership, freeing up more vaccine for use in other settings in the future.
Vaccine remains limited based on the capacity of the manufacturers to produce it, so it will take time for Texas to receive enough vaccine for the people in the priority populations who want to be vaccinated. The supply is expected to increase in the coming months, and additional vaccines are in clinical trials and may be authorized by the Food and Drug Administration. Providers should use all doses allocated to administer the first dose of vaccine to people. There is no need to reserve shots for a second dose because they will get a matching number of doses for that at the appropriate time.
In August, the Texas Department of Health Services reported a backlog of more than 500,000 cases that were attributed to coding errors. The backlog created confusion with the State’s online dashboard and showed sudden changes in testing, case numbers, and the State’s positivity rate. As a result of the backlog, Ellis County received hundreds of positive tests that were previously unreported that are older than a week, dating back to June. As of today, Ellis County reports on COVID-19 cases as they are distributed locally from the Texas Health Trace (THT) Platform from the State of Texas.
Ellis County is part of Trauma Service Area Region E, along with 18 other counties. In Gov. Abbott’s Executive Order No. GA-32 it outlines occupancy restrictions when hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients in a Trauma Service Areas (TSA) exceed 15 percent for seven consecutive days.
On November 21, TSA Region E exceeded this threshold, which triggers the following occupancy restrictions, as outlined in Executive Order GA-32 (and Executive Order GA-31 for elective procedures)
September 17 State of Texas Update
Governor Abbott has issued Executive Orders Nos. GA-30 and GA-31, allowing most of Texas to take the next step in reopening due to the decline of COVID-19 throughout much of the state. During his press conference, there were three main updates to the current guidelines:
Starting Monday, September 21, all restaurants, retailers, office buildings, manufacturing facilities, gyms, museums, and libraries will be able to expand their maximum capacity from 50 to 75 percent capacity.
Hospitals may schedule elective procedures
All nursing, State-supported living centers, assisted living and long-term care facilities will be allowed to open for visiting, as long as they comply with the State’s health protocols and do not have a COVID-19 outbreak within the facility, as early as Thursday, September 24.
Bars are still not allowed to reopen at this time, although the governor said his team is still trying to find a way to safely reopen them soon. Several other types of businesses will remain at 50 percent capacity for now, including wedding reception venues, movie theaters, amusement parks and waterparks, bowling alleys, fine arts performance halls, video game facilities, zoos, aquariums, natural caverns and more.
Gov. Abbott is relying most heavily on hospitalization data when making decisions and reiterated it has always been his goal to contain COVID-19, minimize its harm, and to prevent our medical system from being overwhelmed. He stated he would be using the benchmark of 15 percent of hospitalizations being COVID-19 patients for seven consecutive days to determine if the virus was adequately contained within that region. Three regions near the Texas’ southern border do not meet this threshold and will maintain current State mandates.
Gov. Abbott did not address his statewide mask order in today’s press conference other than to say that wearing masks, social distancing, and other CDC-recommended sanitation protocols were responsible for the state’s downtrends in hospitalization and positivity rates.