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LATEST COVID-19 & VACCINE INFORMATION

Gov. Greg Abbott and the DSHS have appointed the Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel (EVAP) to make recommendations about COVID vaccine distribution and allotments. This panel has created two phases for distribution candidates. 

Phase 1 has two tiers. 

In Phase 1 First Tier healthcare workers and emergency medical personnel who work directly with vulnerable populations or who have COVID will be given the vaccine. Residents of long-term care facilities will also be candidates. 

In Phase 1 Second Tier staff who work with symptomatic patients in out-care settings, emergency clinics, urgent care and, pharmacies will be candidates. Funeral home workers and school nurses also fall under this category. 

DSHS expects to release the vaccine to the general public in the spring. We have collected several websites for you to review if you want to learn more about the vaccine rollout in Texas.

This is Abbott’s press release: https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-dshs-announce-covid-19-vaccine-distribution-plan%22

This is a list of members on the EVAP: https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/immunize/evap.aspx

This page discusses the rollout plan:

https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/immunize/vaccine.aspx

This page gives specific information about who will be in Phase 1: https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/immunize/vaccine/EVAP-Phase1A.pdf

This information gives specific information about who will be in Phase 2:

https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/immunize/vaccine/EVAP-Phase1B.pdf

 Other important information: 

This is the link to a map of providers map: Texas COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Locations (arcgis.com)

To learn more about who can now receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Texas: https://bit.ly/3hsQKlo

For all Texas COVID-19 vaccine information, go to dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/immunize/vaccine.aspx




City of Lake Jackson follows executive order to reduce business occupancy 

The City of Lake Jackson was notified Dec. 22 that Brazoria County has been declared a “high hospitalization area” for COVID-19 cases and will now comply with Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order to immediately reduce operations at businesses, bars, and similar establishments within the city limits to 50 percent occupancy.

 “We realize that this is an unexpected hardship on our businesses and citizens during the holidays,” said Gerald Roznovsky, Lake Jackson Mayor.

 The City understands the Texas Department of State Health Services notified County Judge Matt Sebesta that the county reached the trauma service area or “high hospitalization” benchmark. The benchmark is reached when the number of COVID-19 hospitalized patients exceeds 15 percent of the total hospital capacity as a percentage for seven consecutive days. The criteria and occupancy requirements were created when Gov. Greg Abbott issued Executive Order Number GA-32 on Oct. 7.

 As a result, Lake Jackson businesses that were operating at 75 percent occupancy or under another operating limit created by the order, may only operate at 50 percent occupancy now. Bars or similar establishments are limited to drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options for food and drinks as authorized by TABC.

 The City will remain under this designation until the COVID-19 hospitalizations are reduced to the level that the county complies with the executive order again.

 “While we will work to help our businessowners adjust on such short notice, we also send our deepest condolences to the patients,” Roznovsky said. “They are also part of our community and we hope each person will recover fully.”

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Businesses:

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SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Advance: Small businesses may request an Advance of $1,000 per employee, up to $10,000. The EIDL Advance does not have to be repaid. There is no cost to apply and no obligation to accept an approved loan. To apply online for an EIDL loan go to: https://covid19relief.sba.gov/

An update from Brazoria County on March 27:

Of the thirty-nine COVID-19 cases reported by Brazoria County Health Department on March 26, four of those cases were hospitalized. Today, March 27, of the thirty-nine cases, three other individuals have gone from recovering in home isolation to hospitalization, totaling seven cases now in hospital care.

We are asking Brazoria County residents to take the Brazoria County Stay Safe at Home Order seriously. Only go out when you have essentials to pick-up or traveling to-and-from your essential place of employment. You are not prohibited from engaging in outside activities, but it is not a time for social gatherings. When out, practice social distancing to protect you and your family from the spread of this very contagious disease, COVID-19.

Stay Safe Brazoria County.

Residents who have questions concerning COVID-19 can call the Brazoria County COVID-19 Information Line at 979-864-2167, for non-health related questions call 979-864-1898, Monday – Friday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM and Saturday 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

From the Lake Jackson Public Works Department:

A reminder to everyone to please help the City sanitation crew and system by not flushing wet wipes, paper towels, or napkins down the toilet. If you are affected by a toilet paper shortage or simply want to get rid of used wipes or other cleaning products from your homes, instead, throw away these items in a trash bin. We want to effectively provide all residents their sanitary sewer services while everyone is trying to remain at home. Thank you.

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