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Local News

Kerr County COVID-19 hospitalizations remains at a record high

todaySeptember 7, 2021

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Peterson Regional Medical Center is reporting that it has 40 patients in the Kerrville hospital receiving treatment for COVID-19. Hospital officials said that of those 40 patients, 4 are on ventilators, 2 are on Vapotherm and 2 are on high-flow oxygen. Three of the 40 patients had previously been vaccinated for COVID-19.

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, Kerr County has 174 active cases of the novel coronavirus. Kerr County had four additional COVID-19 fatalities over the Labor Day weekend, pushing the county’s cumulative COVID-19 death toll to 106.

Kerr County Emergency Management Coordinator Dub Thomas said, “We continue to recommend that people get fully vaccinated and that they buckle down in following through on the safety precautions that we’ve all heard for the better part of two years now – wash your hands frequently, cover your face in public, social distance by at least 6 feet, disinfect your home and office spaces and vehicles, etc.”

Thomas added, “Fortunately, we saw an additional 393 of our neighbors become fully vaccinated over the past week. I hope they and others continue to spread the word to their friends and family members so we can do a better job of keeping people who do catch the virus from becoming so ill that they need to be in the hospital or face death.”

As of September 7, Kerr County is reporting 174 active COVID-19 cases, 106 fatalities and 40 hospitalizations of patients currently receiving treatment for active COVID-19. The Texas DSHS confirms 21,005 Kerr County citizens are fully vaccinated for the virus.

COVID-19 statistics in neighboring Gillespie County as of Tuesday, September 7 are 113 active cases, 11 hospitalizations, and the county’s official death toll stands at 64. Gillespie County confirms their vaccination rate for those residents fully vaccinated to be 52.22%.

The Texas Department of State Health Services updates statewide data each Friday. As of the week ending August 29, a total of 64,930 COVID-19 cases have been reported among students and staff so far this school year. Breaking down that number further, there are 51,904 student cases and 13,026 staff cases.

The Texas DSHS confirms there are 13,499 COVID-19 hospitalizations, 335,747 active cases and 57,238 deaths, as of September 7. The number of eligible Texans wo are fully vaccinated is listed as 48.02%.

Texas DSHS Region 8 and Schreiner University will be hosting a free COVID-19 vaccination clinic Wednesday, September 8 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Schreiner University Mountaineer Fitness Center, 2100 Memorial Blvd. For additional information call (210) 949-2000.


Written by: Michelle Layton

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