Lubbock reported four more COVID-linked deaths this week, with a slight decrease in the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations across the region.
The entire South Plains region's COVID-19 hospitalization rate decreased during the past week, sitting at 11.22 percent as reported Friday compared to 11.27 percent on Monday, according to data provided by Texas Department of State Health Services. The city health department also reported 103 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, with a total of 69,873 total cases reported in the county since the beginning of the pandemic.
The new deaths reported this week bring the county's total to 932 people since the pandemic began, according to data provided by the city health department. No new deaths were reported for the day on Friday.
There were 159 COVID-19 patients currently in South Plains-area hospitals. There were 221 beds available out of 1,312 staffed inpatient beds in Texas' Region B, which includes Lubbock and the South Plains
As of this week, about 52 percent of Lubbock County's population that is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine has not been fully vaccinated.
The City of Lubbock Health Department will also provide vaccines for kids and adults from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at their "mini-hub" clinic at 2801 50th street. The health department will also provide vaccines from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every first and third Saturday of the month.
The clinic will continue offering Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations, boosters and flu vaccine to those groups who previously qualified for vaccine.
Those needing routine immunizations, as well as the COVID-19 vaccine, can call the Public Health Department at 806-775-2933 for assistance.
For additional information related to the Public Health Department's COVID-19 vaccine availability, visit mylubbock.us/covid19vaccine.
This article originally appeared on Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Lubbock reports 4 more COVID-linked deaths this week