City of Amarillo announces changes to COVID-19 data reporting

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AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — The City of Amarillo and the Amarillo Public Health Department announced Wednesday they will make changes to coronavirus data reporting, as new cases and hospitalizations remain low.

Amarillo City Manager Jared Miller said they will no longer provide regularly-scheduled COVID-19 updates.

“Since March of last year, we’ve done 68 press conferences. We’ve had an average of almost 1,100 views on the city channels, that does not account for tv views and tv web sites, rebroadcasts and things like that,” Miller said.

In the last scheduled briefing on Wednesday, May 19, city leaders marked a return to normalcy.

“It feels so good to be out in the city, doing traditional normal events, graduations, birthday parties, weddings, funerals, and knowing that we can be together and we’ve missed it,” Amarillo Mayor Ginger Nelson said, “and now we appreciate it.”

Miller said if the coronavirus situation changes and more conferences are warranted, they will call them. He also said they will stop releasing daily COVID-19 report cards, with the last one set to be released on Friday, May 21.

“Since March 23 of last year, we’ve done 309 report cards. We’ve had an average 11,370 people look at those report cards on a daily basis,” Miller said. “All of the information on the report cards is still going to be available daily and will be updated daily…”

Miller said the information that was previously available daily on their report cards will be found on amarilloalerts.com.

Mayor Nelson said it is thanks to the vaccines that our area has seen fewer coronavirus cases.

“So, I would encourage you if you have not yet gotten your vaccine, please investigate doing that. There’s no cost and the city clinic is easy. You can just walk right up and get a vaccine.”

Miller said the city will continue with COVID-19 testing and vaccinations.

“You can still be referred for those tests by just calling Amarillo Public Health. It will ask you a couple of questions and refer to you a test at the Amarillo health facility,” Miller added. “We will continue to do vaccinations at the civic center.”

According to Miller, starting on June 1, those who go to the Amarillo Civic Center for a COVID-19 vaccine will go in at entrance #4.

Mayor Nelson reflected about how far Amarillo has come since the start of the pandemic, saying, “I’m so very glad that we are through this and we’ve really made history together.”

The Amarillo Area COVID-19 Status Level will be updated as needed at amarilloalerts.com.


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