WATCH: City of Lubbock COVID-19 virtual news conference on Dec. 21

WATCH: City of Lubbock COVID-19 virtual news conference on Dec. 21
(12/02/2020) (Source: CITY OF LUBBOCK- YOUTUBE)

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - The City of Lubbock hosted a virtual COVID-19 news conference Monday, December 21, at 11:30 a.m.

City of Lubbock COVID-19 News Conference 12/21/2020 - clipped version

Stay the course and more vaccines are on the way. That’s the message from city leaders during Monday’s news conference, the last one of 2020.

Katherine Wells with the City of Lubbock Health Department says they were told Monday morning the health department is set to receive 1,000 additional vaccines.

“These doses will go to essential workers as outlined in the state vaccination plan and include some of our first responders, home health agencies, laboratory personnel, and providers outside the hospital system. Our goal is to get these vaccines to individuals as soon as we get them here at the health department.”

The health community is set to receive even more vaccines.

“Our community is supposed to get about 9,500 doses of the vaccine into our community, hopefully, this next week or this week, and next week. And so we’re really excited about that,” said Dr. Ron Cook, Public Health Authority.

Wells explained when the vaccine may be available to the community.

“This is just an estimate,” said Wells, “we’re looking at later in the springtime of being able to start vaccinating individuals outside of nursing homes and our frontline workers. But that can change. There’s a lot of different timelines going on. My goal with the health department is to try to secure as much vaccine for Lubbock and our surrounding area so we can get our community vaccines.”

City leaders said COVID-19 rates are slightly down and they’re asking everyone to stay the course and continue practicing safe social distancing guidelines during the holidays.

“Even though our numbers are sneaking down just a little bit, we cannot stop doing what we’re doing,” said Dr. Cook. “We must continue to wear our mask, we must continue to physically distance but still be social, washing our hands and staying in small groups.”

Panelists for the news conference include Katherine Wells, Dr. Ron Cook, Mayor Pro Tem Steve Massengale, Monsignor David Cruz, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Pastor Lyndol Loyd, Lakeridge United Methodist Church, and Bishop Bill Watson, Church of God in Christ.

The City of Lubbock confirmed 300 new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19), 186 recoveries and three additional deaths on Sunday, Dec. 20. The total number of cases in Lubbock County is 39,209: 3,604 active, 35,097 listed as recovered, and 508 total deaths.

KCBD live-streamed the news conference live on Facebook and the KCBD app.

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