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COVID-19 Information in Karnes County

Beginning January 10th, we will only hold COVID 19 vaccine clinics on Thursday's from 10 am until 6 pm. We will have all three vaccine available, the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. They are all available for 1st, 2nd and Booster Dose administration.

We will give the Pfizer vaccine to ages 12 and up. If you need to get a younger child vaccinated, please contact your Primary Care or Pediatrician's office.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration took action to expand the use of a booster dose for COVID-19 vaccines in eligible populations. The agency is amending the emergency use authorizations (EUA) for COVID-19 vaccines to allow for the use of a single booster dose in Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

If you have questions about whether you should receive a booster vaccine, please speak with your healthcare provider or call our vaccine line at 830-583-9380

Moderna: Doses offered - 1st, 2nd and Booster for eligible populations

Janssen/J&J: 1st dose or booster dose for eligible populations

The Pfizer Vaccine is open to ages 12 and up for 1st, 2nd and Booster Dose.

**Feel free to call 830-583-9380 and leave your contact information should you need additional questions answered, and a member of the hospital vaccine team will return your call.

Daily Snapshot Sept. 20, 2021

Inpatients: 10
Covid + inpatients: 3
Covid + on vent: 0
Covid + Vaccinated: 1
Vented patients vaccinated: 0
Inpatient Covid + Age 30-40: 1
Inpatient Covid + Age 41-50: 0
Inpatient Covid + Age 51-60: 0
Inpatient Covid + Age 61-70: 1
Inpatient Covid + Age 71-80: 0
Inpatient Covid + Age 80+: 1
Previous Day ED Visits: 28
Previous Day ED Visits for Covid Like Symptoms: 7
September Covid Testing Positivity Rate: 27%
Monoclonal Antibody Infusions: Previous week totals: 25
COVID 19 Vaccinations previous week totals: 45

What to do if you are sick:

If you are experiencing fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, OR if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing COVID-19 spread please call ahead to a healthcare professional before coming in to seek medical treatment.

Call Otto Kaiser Memorial Hospital at (830) 583-3401 and let them know that you are concerned you may have Coronavirus or COVID-19 and would like to speak with a member of Nursing Administration. If your symptoms are mild, it is likely that you will be able to isolate yourself and treat your symptoms at home. More severe cases could require medical attention. We will help you decide the safest way to seek medical care while limiting the number of people exposed.

How do I protect myself and my family?

For current information about COVID-19 and recommendations for keeping yourself and your family healthy, we recommend these resources:
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Texas Department of State Health Services

If you have travel plans, we encourage you to visit the CDC Travel Site

Persons at risk for severe complications from COVID-19

The available data is currently insufficient to confirm risk factors for severe risk, but it is believed that older adults, those with certain chronic conditions, and those with compromised immunity are at the highest risk for severe outcomes if infected with COVID-19.

What you can do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses:

Stay home when you are sick.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating, and after going to the bathroom, blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If washing your hands is not an option, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Do not reuse a tissue.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Be prepared for changes or disruption to normal processes

Our highest priority is to ensure our patients receive the highest quality of care in the safest environment. As this situation evolves, we may have to change some processes or cancel events or services (ex. classes, appointments, events, etc.). We will be sure to keep the public informed as these things occur.