RECAP: Watch the Amarillo’s COVID-19 briefing for August 12

Coronavirus

AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Health leaders said they are seeing an increase in children getting coronavirus.

Dr. Brian Weis said in younger kids the virus could develop into multi-system inflammatory syndrome. He said they recently had a case and the girl was in her teens. The MIS-C develops two weeks after a positive COVID-19 test and the procedures to cure the MIS-C is severe.

“Thankfully our pediatric ICU doctor and our pediatric office were able to aggressively treat this young lady with intravenous immunoglobulin, high dose aspirin, and steroids,” said Dr. Weis.

As of last week, the CDC has reports of 570 confirmed cases of MIC-C.
There have been 10 deaths.

During Wednesday’s COVID-19 update from the city, Public Health Director Casie Stoughton explained how effective face shields and face masks are when worn together, versus separately.

“Face shields and face masks are not equivalent,” said Stoughton. “Face masks provide a filtering-type protection. Face shields just don’t offer the same protection that a face mask would offer. If there’s a barrier with the face shield and you cough or sneeze, then those droplets would simply go around the barrier as opposed to filtering by andy type of face mask, or face covering.”

Hospital staff remain in quarantine due to possible exposure to COVID-19.

At Northwest, there are eight staff members in quarantine and they are relying on nurses brought in from the regional advisory council.

Officials at BSA did not give a specific number but said they have a lower number of staff needing to be quarantined.

BSA’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Michael Lamanteer, said their mask protocol changes for those working with non-COVID patients have helped to protect their staff.

Also during the briefing, the VA discussed how the it is helping the state fight COVID-19.

Director Dr. Rodney Gonzalez stated they have had more than 25 staff members go to other VA hospitals to assist them in the COVID hotspots. Most of the members sent head to San Antonio.

Dr. Gonzalez said four additional staff members are preparing to go in the next couple of weeks if needed.

The topic of the possible vaccine from Russia was discussed.

Dr. Lamanteer said he shares skepticism about the vaccine and that there is a reason why vaccine trials are held in phases. He said he is excited for the phase three trials for different vaccines here in the U.S. and globally.

Dr. Lamanteer hopes we have vaccine availability by the end of the year or early next year for high-risk patients and healthcare workers.

Watch below for today’s full briefing:

(This table reflects the cases on the High Plains as of 7:00 p.m. on January 24, 2021.)

CountyConfirmed Cases ReportedDeathsRecovery
Armstrong976108
Beaver3704336
Briscoe673102
Carson20211305
Castro60324794
Childress1,278121,238
Cimarron1161108
Collingsworth1718219
Cottle1347174
Curry4,663553,175
Dallam9429902
Deaf Smith2,541612,418
Donley14210264
Gray1,614411,646
Hall28014254
Hardeman2699319
Hansford32417629
Hartley6779627
Hemphill4582367
Hutchinson904601,162
Lipscomb24011227
Moore1,867602,043
Ochiltree88819921
Oldham912150
Parmer805321,065
Potter16,18835214,656
Quay3958238
Randall15,43923113,444
Roberts50146
Roosevelt1,73542987
Sherman10111104
Swisher36014644
Texas3,278203,138
Union2088104
Wheeler4039391
TOTAL57,9841,19153,391
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