Watch Replay: City of Lubbock COVID-19 news conference (9/15/21)

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LUBBOCK, Texas — The City of Lubbock provided a 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) update during a virtual news conference on Wednesday.

Use the video player above to watch a replay of the event.

Wednesday’s virtual news conference featured an all women panel of Lubbock medical professionals and representatives from the City of Lubbock.

Katherine Wells, Director of Public Health, said as of Tuesday night (Sept. 14) there were 193 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in Lubbock hospitals. She said hospitalizations have been hovering around 200 per day over the last two weeks.

Wells said over 90 percent of those hospitalized were unvaccinated and were made up of a younger age group.

Roughly 98 percent of the currently COVID-19 cases in Texas are related to the Delta variant of the virus, Wells said, quoting a report of state health officials.

She said there are three metrics the City of Lubbock Public Health Department is focused on at this moment. Those include daily counts, hospitalizations and vaccination efforts.

Dr. Jessica Gray, a Family Medicine Specialist at University Medial Center, addressed prevention and some of the myths about the virus and treatments.

Dr. Amy Thompson, a Pediatric Specialist for Covenant Health, said the Delta variant of COVID-19 has affected children differently, and most of the new cases are what she described as “acute respiratory COVID.”

Dr. Thompson said over the last weekend, there were 15 patients hospitalized at Covenant Children’s with COVID-19.

Dr. Brittany Bankhead-Kendall, a Trauma Surgery with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, shared that the current virus surge is causing hardships on trauma staff.

University Medical Center is the only Level 1 Trauma Center in the region between Albuquerque and Fort Worth.

Dr. Bankhead-Kendall said the influx of COVID patients has reached the point where it interferes with UMC’s ability to care for other trauma cases in the region.

On Tuesday, the City of Lubbock Public Health Department reported 267 new cases and three additional deaths.

Texas Department of State Health Services data showed hospitalization rate in Trauma Service Area B (the greater Lubbock/South Plains region) was at 19.38 percent as of the last update provided on Monday, September 13. continues ongoing coverage of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), its impacts and vaccination efforts.

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