Stephens County officials enacted Stage 4 restrictions last Friday, after a spike in area COVID-19 cases.
The Texas Department of State Health Services tasked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ship 407,650 first doses of COVID-19 vaccines to 302 providers during the tenth week of COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Aside from large vaccine hubs, additional vaccines are still being distributed to smaller providers in other parts of the state including Stephens County.
There is some misinformation, scattered around the county, that Stephens County may not have been prepared for the vaccine rollout. According to Stephens Memorial Hospital and ResourceCare Community Health Center 280 first dose COVID-19 vaccines have been administered and 48 second dose vaccines.
On Jan. 6, the Breckenridge Medical Center, the rural health clinic, received 100 Moderna vaccines to be distributed by state guidelines in Phase 1A, which includes essential frontline healthcare workers and long-term care workers. This was also confirmed by Doug Smith, Interim CEO of Stephens Memorial Hospital.
Stephens County COVID-19 statistics have increased over the past week with 47 individuals confirmed as active cases as of Tuesday, November 24.