Local numbers related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continued to trend in the right direction locally over the most recent 7-day reporting period with figures indicating that the pace of new cases has slowed, while the number of people receiving at least one dose of the vaccine and the number of people deemed fully vaccinated has continued to increase.
At the end of November 11 reporting period, the Northeast Texas Public Health District reported that 96.5 percent of people that had caught and recovered from COVID-19 had hit 96.5 percent. At the end of the Nov. 18 reporting period, that number had increases to 97 percent overall.
Since tracking began, there have now been 8,189 confirmed or probable cases (cases with a COVID-19 positive antigen test), including 4,757 confirmed cases and 3,432 probable cases during the pandemic began.
The number of cases in Van Zandt County since the pandemic began now includes: 2,320 in residents
with a Canton address, up from 2,299 cases at the same time the previous week; 1,984 cases in residents with a Wills Point address, up from 1,972 cases; 1,028 cases in people with a Grand Saline address, up from 1,023 cases; 857 cases in people with a Ben Wheeler address, up from 855 cases; 803 cases in people with a Van address, up from 798 cases; 647 cases in people with an Edgewood address, up from 645 cases; and 266 cases in people with a Fruitvale address, unchanged from the previous week.
Additionally, there have been 135 confirmed and probable cases in people with a Mabank address since the pandemic began, unchanged from the previous week; 113 cases in people with a Murchison address, unchanged from the previous week; 90 cases in people with an Eustace address, unchanged from the previous week; 48 cases in people with a Chandler address, unchanged from the previous week; 22 cases in people with an Athens addresses, unchanged from the previous week; 12 cases in a person with a Brownsboro address, unchanged from the previous week; and eight cases in a person with an Edom address, unchanged from the previous week.
Data available as of Nov. 21 indicates that 41.8 percent of the local population ages five and older have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 37.39 percent of all eligible residents have been designated as being fully vaccinated.
COVID-19 vaccines and vaccine booster shots are available at two locations within the city limits of Wills Point, including Brookshire’s and Bruce and Human.
-Brookshire’s Pharmacy: 1105 W. S. Commerce St. 903-873- 8237
-Bruce and Human: 145 N.
Fourth St. 903-873-2538
Those interested in getting vaccinated are encouraged to call ahead to check on the availability of vaccines and the hours of operation.
Up-to-date information regarding the coronavirus pandemic, available testing and vaccination sites, case counts and more can be found online by visiting the Texas Department of State Health Services at www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/.