WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — The Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District reported Wednesday two new COVID-19 related deaths.
The deaths were reported in two patients, one in their 60’s and another in their 70’s. This makes seven confirmed COVID-19 related deaths so far this week, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 497 since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020.
The Health District also reported Wednesday 247 new COVID-19 cases in the county. bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Wichita County to date to 24,562.
This marks 3 consecutive days the Health District has reported more than 220 daily cases.
There have been 822 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in the county this week so far, eclipsing last weeks total by well over a hundred new cases with two days of reporting remaining in the week.
The Health District also reported Tuesday 35 hospitalizations in Wichita County, a decrease of 2 from the 37 hospitalizations reported Tuesday, January 4, 2022.
Lou Kreidler, Director of Public Health, said in Tuesday’s Wichita Falls City Council meeting the spike in cases is likely due to the omicron variant.
“Even though we haven’t identified it yet through sequence testing here in our community, I can almost guarantee that omicron is here in our community,” Kreidler said.
Kreidler said in most vaccinated patients, omicron is proving to be a milder disease, causing fewer deaths and hospitalizations overall.
“We’re seeing a lot of spread,” Kreidler said. “I expect we’ll continue to see a spike of cases in our community, especially given our vaccination rate is so low.”
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Residents of Wichita County over the age of 12 can register for the waitlist to receive a COVID-19 vaccine online.
Wichita County residents who are eligible to receive the vaccine are encouraged to add their names to the waitlist.
As of October 26, the Health District is now offering booster shots for all three COVID-19 vaccines.
As of November 4, the Pfizer COVID-19 pediatric vaccine is available to Wichita County residents between the ages of 5 and 11.
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