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From Houston Public Media: 

An estimated 5,000 Texans died from COVID-19 and lost more than $7 billion during the pandemic due to racial and ethnic health disparities, according to a new report.

How to get a COVID-19 vaccine in Lubbock

Jan 11, 2021
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Editor's note: This post will be updated regularly with where eligible Lubbockites can get a COVID-19 vaccine. Find a map of providers and availability in each Texas county here.

Updated 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 15

More demand than supply of COVID-19 vaccines in Lubbock

Jan 7, 2021
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The short line outside of the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center looks longer because of social distancing. Some of the first citizens in Lubbock to get the coronavirus vaccine seem to be taking no chances when they’re this close to pandemic relief.


Once inside, Lubbock Health Department Director Katherine Wells said people fill out a one-page form. The city is operating on trust with the people currently eligible to be vaccinated- citizens don’t need to bring any documents. 

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From The Texas Tribune:

Health officials in Austin are considering opening a makeshift hospital as its intensive care units fill up. Patients in North Texas are being treated in lobbies or in hallways. And hospitals around Laredo, Abilene and College Station have three or fewer intensive care unit beds open, according to state data.

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As COVID-19 hospitalizations surge across Texas, other areas are entering restrictions Lubbock has been under for months. 


Patients who have tested positive for the coronavirus account for over 15% of all hospitalized patients in 18 of the 22 trauma service regions in Texas, according to the most recent data from Texas Health and Human Services. Sixteen of these regions have been above this mark for a week, which triggers state-mandated reopening roll backs.