WATCH: City of Amarillo COVID-19 briefing, May 5

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AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – For the first time after the recent local elections, the City of Amarillo briefed the community on the COVID-19 pandemic at 11 a.m.

Opening the meeting, Mayor Ginger Nelson emphasized the need for the public to have access to the vaccine and make the process, “as easy as possible.”

Mayor Nelson states that they have access to the data detailing individuals who have been vaccinated at the city clinic but understands there are many different places to get the vaccine and only the Texas Health Services have the entire publics data for every facility in Texas.

Nelson continues that they have asked for the documentation but have yet to receive the full data. The information will be provided once accessed from Texas Health.

Casie Stoughton begins to emphasize that there are 34,065 cases of COVID-19 in Potter and Randall County, 17,351 in Potter and 16,713 in Randall County, with 32,890 recoveries, 742 deaths and 433 active cases. Cases are slightly increasing.

According to Stoughton, 2.94% of hospital patients have COVID and the vaccine clinics at the Civic Center is still available. The Civic Center will stay open this entire week and the mobile clinic is still accessible to the public.

Amarillo Public Health has given 73,489 first doses and 55,123 second doses of vaccine, said Stoughton.

Dr. Scott Milton, TTUHSC, states “most physicians are very open to vaccinations” and explained the power the physician holds when they speak to their patients about the vaccine.

Dr. Brian Weis, NWTH Chief Medical Officer, joined the conversation stating that the data shows there was a total of 2.7 million COVID cases in Texas and about 50,000 fatalities. There was 2600 hospitalizations in Texas, amounting between 5% and 6% percent which is an improvement from the 11% seen two weeks ago.

Dr. Weis continued saying ago 11 million have received at least one vaccine and about 8 million Texans are totally vaccinated and that people over the of age 65 with two doses of the vaccine, prevented 94% of hospitalization with 64% prevention rate with one dose.

In next 2 weeks FDA is likely to approve vaccine for children age 12 to 15, according to Dr. Weis.

Dr. Gonzalez, Director of the VA, concludes the meeting stating that the VA recognized this month as, ‘National Nurses Month’ and thanks the nurses throughout the community.

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