Brookshire Brothers received first doses
In one of the final updates from 2020, Bellville Medical Center announced on Dec. 29 they received word from the state that 500 doses of the Moderna vaccine were shipped to Brookshire Brothers in Bellville.
In his final update from 2020, Austin County Judge Tim Lapham said on Dec. 31 that Pharmacist Scott Schumann was plenty busy the previous day and processed over 70 patients. In his first update in 2021, Lapham said on Monday that more doses were expected this week.
“I understand there will be more vaccine delivered to Austin County tomorrow and at least one more place is on the list,” Lapham said on Jan. 4. “I was asked not to disclose the location until the vaccine was here just so they were a confirmed location. I was told they will provide vaccinations to group 1A for the first day or two and then begin with group 1B which is anyone 65 or older and anyone 16 and older with a critical health condition.”
As of the beginning of the week, the Department of State Health Services had Austin County over the millennium mark with 1,007 total cases where 188 were active. There was also a record of 15 total deaths and 195 new confirmed results in the past two weeks which registered 6.6 cases per 1,000 residents according to the Texas Tribune. That mark was the highest in the surrounding counties, but not by much.
As of Jan. 4, Waller County was closest with 6.48 cases per 1,000 and Wharton was also above six at 6.16 cases per 1,000. Fort Bend sat at 5.31 cases per 1,000 although there has been the highest number of cases confirmed there out of the group (32,377). Colorado County registered 5.14 cases per 1,000 while Washington County had only 2.16 cases per 1,000 residents.
Statewide, the Texas Tribune had the total case number at 1,598,713 with 27,969 fatalities and 178,698 confirmed results in the last two weeks.