Watch Replay: City of Lubbock COVID-19 news conference (9/1/21)

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LUBBOCK, Texas — The City of Lubbock held a virtual news conference at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday to provide an update on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Dr. Ron Cook, Public Health Authority, said roughly 99 percent of the current active COVID-19 cases in our community are the Delta variant.

He said cases remain very high in the community and most of the patients hospitalized with COVID-19 are not vaccinated.

Dr. Christopher Piel, Chief of Emergency Medicine at University Medical Center, said the last eight weeks have been very difficult on the medical staff at their hospital.

He said there were roughly 100 patients hospitalized at UMC with COVID-19 as of Wednesday. Roughly 95 percent of those patients are not vaccinated, Dr. Piel said.

Dr. David Gray, Chief Medical Officer at Covenant Children’s Hospital, said they are seeing more children in the hospital due to the Delta variant and those children are sicker.

As of Wednesday, there were four children in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) who were intubated. The hospital had also provided 22 days of ECMO service to four patients as well, Dr. Gray said.

Dr. Scott Frankfather, OBGYN and primary care physician in Denver City, joined the press conference to provide an angle on how smaller community medical centers are dealing with the pandemic.

He said they’ve seen a “huge” increase in COVID-19 patients.

Dr. Frankfather said during the month of August, they tested 914 patients for COVID-19 and 327 of those tests came back positive. He said 21 of those were hospitalized.

On Tuesday, the City of Lubbock Public Health Department reported 277 new cases and one additional death.

A total 4,341 cases were reported as currently active. This is the highest number of active cases reported so far in all of 2021.

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 56,878 confirmed cases, 51,764 recoveries and 772 deaths.

Texas Department of State Health Services data showed the hospitalization rate in Trauma Service Area B (the greater Lubbock/South Plains region) was at 20.55 percent as of the last update provided on Monday, August 30. continues ongoing coverage of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), its impacts and vaccination efforts.

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