**COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE**
THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES (DSHS) DETERMINES WHERE THE VACCINES ARE DISTRIBUTED. DSHS HAS AN EXPERT VACCINE ALLOCATION PANEL (EVAP) UNDER DSHS COMMISSIONER, DR. john HELLERSTeDT THAT DETERMINES WHERE AND HOW THE VACCINES ARE DISTRIBUTED. PARKER COUNTY HAS NO INPUT OR AUTHORITY ON THIS PANEL. HOWEVER, PARKER COUNTY HAS CONTACTED AND IS CURRENTLY WORKING WITH OUR STATE LEGISLATORS TO INCREASE THE QUANTITY OF VACCINES ASSIGNED TO our COUNTY.
PARKER COUNTY HAS, AND CONTINUES TO WORK WITH AND MONITOR ALL OF our LONG TERM CARE FACILITIES. ALL OF THE LONG TERM HEALTHCARE FACILITIES ARE WORKING WITH DSHS, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVIcES, AND LOCAL VACCINE CONTRACTORS TO VACCINATE INDIVIDUALS IN these FACILITIES, Apart FROM THE PUBLIC VACCINE DISTRIBUTION.
HEALTH CARE WORKERS, EMS, FIRST RESPONDERS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, ESD'S ETC.....ARE ALL PART OF THE 1A INITIAL VACCINES THAT HAVE BEEN administered IN PARKER COUNTY. ON MONDAY, JANUARY 4TH, 2021, PARKER COUNTY BEGAN VACCINATING PHASE 1B INDIVIDUALS, FOLLOWING THE STATE PLAN. LOW VACCINE ALLOCATION FOR PARKER COUNTY has resulted IN LOW NUMBERS OF doses BEING AVAILABLE. AFTER THE 1A AND 1B IMMUNIZATIONS HAVE BEEN ADMINISTERED, PARKER COUNTY WILL CONTINUE TO VACCINATE OTHER INDIVIDUALS FOLLOWING DSHS IMMUNIZATION GUIDANCE.
THE FOLLOWING LINK IS THE STATE VACCINE GUIDANCE, WHICH PARKER COUNTY IS FOLLOWING IN COORDINATION WITH THE LOCAL HEALTH AUTHORITY, DR. STEvEN WELCH:
THE FOLLOWING LINK IS TO THE DSHS WEBSITE THAT LISTS VACCINE PROVIDERS. THIS IS THE site FOR INDIVIDUALS TO identify which providers HAve VACCINE doses AND to obtain CONTACT information to ESTABLISH AN APPOINTMENT.
** THE FOLLOWING CONTACT INFO SHOULD BE USED FOR GENERAL QUESTIONS ABOUT COVID-19 IMMUNIZATIONS/VACCINATIONS **
** NEXT DRIVE THROUGH TESTING IS SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, JANUARY 19th AND wEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20th. VIEW FLYER **
Texas COVID-19 Count (DSHS Dashboard)
Parker County Case Counts:
Due to inaccuracies in reporting zip codes, city counts are no longer available.
Daily posting of updated COVID-19 numbers is contingent upon the timely posting of updated data on the Texas Department of State Health Services dashboard.
For the most updated COVID-19 report from DSHS visit:
**The data that is being reported is provided to us on a daily basis by DSHS and Texas Health Trace (THT).
With an increase of new positive cases of COVID-19 seen over the past week, Parker County Judge Pat Deen would like to remind Parker County residents of the importance of practicing safe methods to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The CDC recommends the following three ways to slow the spread:
- Wear a facial covering over the nose and mouth
- Stay at least 6 feet apart from others who don’t live with you, particularly in crowded areas
- Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
Parker County is still under Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order No. GA-29 related to the use of facial coverings during the COVID- 19 pandemic. This order states:
“Every person in Texas shall wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when inside a commercial entity or other building or space open to the public, or when in an outdoor public space, wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household…”
At this time, there is no expiration date of the Governor’s order.
Parker County Judge Pat Deen states, “Over the past few months, we have had to make significant changes to our everyday routines. Although this has created some challenges for us, it is very important to continue these practices in order to slow the spread of the virus. I ask that we all do our part so we can keep our community healthy and keep our schools and businesses open.”