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Crossroads COVID Questions Answered

One of the coolest parts about living in Victoria is our city and county officials' willingness to engage in conversation, making it easy to get answers when questions arise.

Victoria County Health Department Director David Gonzales offers his time to Townsquare.

This morning we welcomed Victoria County Health Department Director, David Gonzales to the studios to record our 15-minute informational segment on Townsquare Talks Victoria Extra that is sponsored by Rox Diesel and airs Sunday mornings on our various stations.

Director Gonzales's information on the current COVID count and the latest community concerns warranted an accompanying article, which we hope will answer some of your most pressing questions, as COVID numbers continue to climb throughout Texas.

Where does our community stand on COVID numbers?

"Right now we are seeing about 80% of the current COVID cases in our community testing positive with the Delta strain of the virus along with only 42% of our county vaccinated. It's tough, we are seeing heightened cases of COVID throughout the community and constantly battling social media myths," Director Gonzales offers.

Director Gonzales says that according to the DSHS dashboard, we are seeing a significant increase in COVID hospitalizations in the last few weeks. Last year we saw this at this time, and again this year. We attribute some of the rise in COVID numbers with July 4th gatherings."

What about our students returning back to school in the weeks ahead?

"The CDC is recommending masking of teachers and students again, but again this is a recommendation," our Public Health Director states.

Why are less than half of our community vaccinated?

Director Gonzales offers that there are several variables that include first and foremost bad information on social media. He advises each of us to seek reliable sources and offers that the Victoria Public Health Department is open to calls and emails from community members. " Social media is a battle, which creates hesitancy and fear. The vaccines have been proven safe and effective. I've been vaccinated." Convenience and scheduling, as well as transportation, are also common issues.

Where can you get vaccinated?

The Victoria Public Health Department offers the Moderna vaccine every Tuesday at the Patti Dodson Health Clinic.

On August 5th and 26th, the Victoria County Public Health Department will be working with other agencies to present the Pfizer vaccine, offered to ages 12 and up to the community from 9 am to 3 pm as well.

Where can I get more information?

Here's where to get more information and to register for the COVID vaccine from the VCPHD by clicking here.

You can keep up to date with Victoria County COVID cases by clicking the link here.

To hear the interview in its entirety, be sure to join us for Townsquare Extra Victoria Report Sunday mornings on air!

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