The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in monitoring the new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‑19) that is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness worldwide. You can find the current Texas case count at the DSHS webpage under the News Updates page.
July 9, 2021- COVID-19 is not gone, it is alive and spreading in non-vaccinated individuals. The COVID-19 Delta variant is the current most aggressive and contagious form of COVID-19 and it has public health officials across the globe alarmed. With increased symptoms and increased chances of hospitalizations and death the Delta variant is not going away, but will continue to spread and mutate.
According to the CDC – today – the COVID-19 Delta variant accounts for 51.7% of all new COVID-19 infections in the United States, and in Texas 58.8% of all new COVID-19 infections. This is five times higher than the prevalence just four weeks ago.
This spells trouble for East Texans including Polk, Angelina and San Augustine counties in the ACCHD public health preparedness jurisdiction. With our proximity and travel patterns to larger metropolitan cities such as Houston and Dallas, of course the Delta variant is already here in our counties and circulating among the unvaccinated.
Angelina and Polk county lag behind the State of Texas in all categories of vaccination. For those individuals 12 years old and older that are fully vaccinated in Texas = 50.30%, Angelina only 36.05% and Polk at 34.6%.
Now is the time to be vaccinated before COVID-19 finally catches up to YOU through the new Delta variant and you in-turn are infectious to other unvaccinated individuals who may very well be your family member.
Contact the Coronavirus Call Center at 936.630.8500 for information about where YOU can go to be vaccinated today.
Angelina County & Cities Health District
Click the video below to hear ACCHD Administrator Sharon Shaw's recent presentation to the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce.
Hospitals, healthcare professionals, local public health, community leaders, and others can find resources throughout the DSHS website to help them in their response to COVID‑19.
This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available. Check back often for the latest details and what Texans need to know about COVID‑19. See also the CDC website for the latest developments on COVID‑19.
The Angelina County & Cities Health District (ACCHD) is part of the larger public health network in the State of Texas. ACCHD is working closely with our DSHS partners regarding COVID-19 preparedness and response.
The Texas Department of State Health Services is tracking cases of the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. DSHS will update the state case count each day by noon Central Time.
> Click here for updated Texas case counts. Oprímale aquí para el conteo actualizado de los casos en Texas.
** Probable: Detection of specific antigen in a clinical specimen, or specific antibody in serum, plasma, or whole blood indicative of a new or recent infection.
For the latest information, visit the CDC and Texas Department of State Health Services websites.
Para lo último en información, visite las páginas de Internet de CDC y Texas Department of State Health Services.