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Covid numbers up in Wilbarger, down in Texas

Texas reported fewer Covid-19 cases for the week ending April 3, adding 18,561 new cases — down 47.2% from the previous week’s tally of 35,172 new cases of the virus. However, Wilbarger County’s numbers were up slightly. The county reported six cases and one death last week. For the week prior, Wilbarger had four cases…

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Vernon approves joining Opioid Settlement

The Vernon City Commission approved participating in the Texas Opioid Abatement Fund Council and Settlement Allocation Term Sheet. The action came as part of Tuesday night’s regular meeting for October. City Manager Marty Mangum said that after years of lawsuits, a settlement had been reached in ongoing opioid litigation brought against three pharmaceutical companies. The…

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Covid on rise in Texas: Governor asks for help, local hospital CEO concerned

Governor Greg Abbott announced Monday a series of actions the State of Texas is taking to mitigate the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in Texas. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) will be utilizing staffing agencies to provide medical personnel from out-of-state to Texas health care facilities to assist in COVID-19 operations. The…

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WGH update on Covid stats

In his CEO report, Wilbarger General Hospital’s Tom Siemers gave an update to the hospital board of directors on Thursday regarding how Covid had affected the hospital. He said 60 of 175 employees had contracted the illness with 522 work days lost. There were 4 staff that took FMLA and one that died. In the…

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Covid numbers climbing

The Tuesday evening Covid-19 case count showed Wilbarger County with 243 cases, 48 in Hardeman County and 19 in Foard County. There were just 7 reported as active in Wilbarger, while 16 were active in Hardeman and none in Foard. The NTSH-Vernon campus reported 4 patients and 8 staff were positive as of Monday. Last…

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WGH reports successful trial treatment on Covid patient

Last week, Wilbarger General Hospital reported that one long-term patient has made a full recovery. Salvador Perez left the hospital after 45 days of being hospitalized with a serious case of COVID-19. Dr. Travis Lehman, WGH Chief of Medical Staff, obtained FDA approval from the FDA and Mayo Clinic to administer the convalescent plasma treatment…

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