Current Conditions

POLK COUNTY, TEXAS

COVID-19 CASES, HOSPITALIZATIONS, THERAPEUTICS, COVID-19 VACCINE AND TESTING LOCATIONS

Date:  January 11, 2022

 

In Polk County and all across the State of Texas, healthcare workers and public health officials are seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.  According to the Texas Department of State Health Services (Texas DSHS), Polk County’s Level of Community Transmission is HIGH. The following is a breakdown of the increase in cases over the past few weeks:

Polk County

 

Nov 23rd – Dec 7th       16 positive cases reported

Dec 7th – Dec 21st       58 positive cases reported

Dec 21st – Jan 4th        364 positive cases reported

 

According to the Angelina County & Cities Health District, counts of submitted positive tests from 1/7/2022 to 1/10/2022 saw an increase of 289 cases for Polk County.

 

Texas DSHS estimates Polk County has 370 active cases at this time.  Polk County has had a total of 221 COVID-related fatalities throughout the pandemic.  The South East Texas Regional Advisory Council reports that 7 patients with COVID-19 are hospitalized in Polk County and 2 of those patients are in ICU.

 

MESSAGE FROM ANGELINA COUNTY & CITIES HEALTH DISTRICT

Vaccines are readily available in East Texas, so get vaccinated and get your booster.  Vaccinate your kids. 

The current number of positives are far above anything we have seen so far with COVID-19.  The Omicron variant is much more contagious and more people than ever before are being exposed and testing positive.

The unvaccinated, the elderly and the young who are not eligible for vaccinations are vulnerable to severe disease. 

If you test positive, stay home for 5 days from onset of symptoms or your positive test date until ALL symptoms have resolved and continue to wear a mask in all public settings. 

 

COVID-19 TESTING LOCATIONS IN POLK COUNTY

Anyone who needs a COVID test, can search for a testing location at https://polkcountyoem.com/information/covid/

The drive-thru COVID-19 test site located in the parking lot behind the Polk County Annex Building at 602 E. Church St in Livingston is open. Normal operating hours for this test site are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

To register for a test at this site, visit https://cov19.health and enter POLKCOTX for the office location code.  Please make sure you enter your information correctly with no typos.  Typing incorrect registration information could interfere with you obtaining your results. 

 

VACCINE LOCATIONS IN POLK COUNTY

According to the CDC, COVID-19 vaccines are effective at helping protect against severe disease and death from the virus that causes COVID-19. For more COVID-19 vaccination data, visit http://bit.ly/CDT_vaccine.

The pharmacies in Polk County that offer the COVID-19 vaccine can be found at the link below:

Vaccine Locations: https://polkcountyoem.com/information/covidvaccine/

 

STATE OF TEXAS VACCINATION ASSISTANCE

Texas businesses, groups, or civic organizations with 5 or more persons who voluntarily choose to be vaccinated against COVID-19 can call the State Vaccine Call Center at 844-90-TEXAS (844-908-3927) and select option 4 to schedule a visit from a state mobile vaccination team.

Texans who are homebound can call 844-90-TEXAS (844-908-3927) and select option 2 to request a state mobile vaccination team to come to their home.

 

COVID-19 MONOCLONAL ANTIBODY INFUSION THERAPY

The state-supported Polk County Regional Infusion Center at the Dunbar Gymnasium in Livingston closed on October 30, 2021. 

Texas DSHS reported in December that there is a national shortage of Sotrovimab, which is distributed by the federal government.  Sotrovimab is the monoclonal antibody that can decrease the risk of severe disease from the COVID-19 Omicron variant.

For COVID-19 resources near you, visit the TDEM COVID-19 Provider Search Interactive Map at https://MEDS.TDEM.TEXAS.GOV for details on the availability of vaccine, COVID-19 testing, and therapeutics, which includes monoclonal antibody infusion therapy.

 

COVID-19 ORAL ANTIVIRAL DRUGS

According to Texas DSHS, oral antiviral drugs, Paxlovid and Molnupiravir are now available for high-risk patients with mild/moderate COVID-19 infection.  A limited supply has been shipped to pharmacies; more shipments will depend on allocations from the federal government. Due to limited availability, all patients may not initially be able to receive medication.  Visit https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/therapeutics/ for more information. 

Polk County pharmacies report they have no COVID-19 oral antiviral drugs in stock at this time.  Please check availability with your pharmacy if your doctor prescribes this medication for you.

Please look for further updates from Emergency Management on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/PolkCountyEmergencyManagement) or on our website at www.PolkCountyOEM.com.

 
Angelina County & Cities Health District's
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Call Center
for Angelina, Polk, and San Augustine Counties
Call 936-630-8500 for information on testing sites, quarantine guidance, and return to school/work information.
 
CDC Quarantine Guidance
CDC has shortened the recommended time for COVID-19 isolation and quarantine. Learn more about what to do if you test positive or have close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19: https://bit.ly/3qv1W5L.
 

AlertMePolkCounty

AlertMePolkCounty feed for Polk County, Texas Emergency Management website

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Polk County. Please avoid flooded roadways. Remember "Turn Around, Don't Drown." Please check local media for updates.