Kerr County officials held a COVID-19 Community Update Thursday discussing the county’s recent rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Kerrville Mayor Bill Blackburn spoke first reminding individuals to continue practicing basic safety measures such as washing hands regularly, social distancing and staying at home if you are feeling sick.
According to Kerrville Fire Chief Eric Maloney there are 173 active COVID-19 cases, 39 hospitalizations at PRMC and the county’s official COVID-19 death toll stands at 102. Currently, 44.9% of all eligible Kerr County citizens are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, and the state average sits at 62.05%.
Individuals wanting to receive a COVID-19 vaccination can go to most local pharmacies, Peterson Urgent Care by appointment or the Kerrville VA if they are a former member of the U.S. military.
Peterson Regional Medical Center CEO Corey Edmondson says he is “encouraged by the increased number of COVID-19 vaccinations in the county, and wants to applaud the staff at PRMC.” Edmondson said that while he respects the fact that receiving a coronavirus shot is a personal choice, the hospital feels it is an “effective way to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.”
Currently, PRMC does not allow visitors at the hospital who are under the age of 16 and doesn’t allow visitation for COVID-19 patients. As of September 2, PRMC is reporting 38 COVID-19 hospitalizations, 95% of which are unvaccinated for the virus. Edmondson confirmed that the average age for COVID-19 patients at Peterson Regional is 62 years of age.
Edmondson also shared that an ICU nurse responded after being asked what her opinion was in regards to how the community could help, saying ,”Go get vaccinated.” PRMC officials reiterated that receiving the vaccination is a choice, but everyone should educate themselves from reliable sources and not from social media.
Blackburn wrapped up Thursday’s press conference by reminding everyone to unite and help keep our entire community safe by watching out for co-workers, family and one’s self. Additional information can be found at www.petersonhealth.com.