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As the COVID-19 vaccine is rolled out in our area, Missouri City’s community risk level for the disease remains RED. A recent rise in the hospitalization rate means local businesses must limit their capacity to 50 percent, and bars must close. Executive Order GA-28 is still in effect, prohibiting all gatherings of more than 10 people.
“The City’s response is fielded and rooted in science,” said Odis Jones, CEO/City Manager. “The most current data on the disease is reviewed by leadership on a daily basis and is factored into decisions on City operations. To date, the total number of COVID-19 cases in Missouri City is 3,582. Seventy-five residents have died.”
Dr. Joe Anzaldua, MD, the City’s medical authority, urges all residents to get one of the two Coronavirus vaccines approved by the FDA, even if you already had COVID-19. During the City’s first COVID-19 briefing of the year delivered last week at City Hall, Dr. Anzaldua said: “The vaccine is being rolled out in phases. Those eligible to be vaccinated now as part of Phase 1 include frontline workers, residents of long-term care facilities and those older than 65 years of age.”
Residents seeking to get vaccinated can visit the Texas Department of Health and Human Services at https://bit.ly/2Na76Es or call (832) 471-1373.
The vaccine is also being offered locally at Glenn Lakes Pharmacy; to sign up, log onto https://www.tinyurl.com/glpvaccine.
The Red threat level means residents must continue to take all necessary precautions to stop the spread of the virus. That means wearing their masks, washing their hands and watching their social distancing. The City is providing free personal protective equipment (PPE) to residents; to receive a kit, call (281) 403-8500.
Missouri City remains committed to keeping citizens safe during the pandemic. If residents are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (fever/chills, cough, difficulty breathing, loss of taste/smell, muscle/body aches), they are urged to get tested for COVID-19. Here are some local testing sites:
To view the City’s Jan. 6 COVID-19 news briefing, click here: https://bit.ly/3bhlZ1Q. The City plans to conduct these briefings every three weeks and will continue to provide updates on the pandemic on the municipal outlets.
For updates, please watch the City website: www.missouricitytx.gov, like us on Facebook—fb/MissouriCityTX, follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat—@MissouriCityTX and Nextdoor, watch Missouri City Television (Ch. 16 on Comcast and Ch. 99 on AT&T) or download the MCTX Mobile app (available for free in Google Play and the Apple app store).