Hello. My name is Aaron Fox, and I’m the Chief Business Development Officer and Public Information Officer for the Matagorda County Hospital District here in Bay City, Texas.
In November 2020, we logged 165 new cases of COVID-19 in Matagorda County. That’s a 29 percent increase from September and double the new cases from October. When combined with the increase in residents seeking testing and needing hospitalization due to complications from COVID-19, it is apparent that the third wave of COVID-19 has begun in Matagorda County.
To date, Matagorda County has had 59 COVID-19 fatalities, including 5 in October and 4 in November.
As we move into the Christmas season and the New Year, we’d like to remind everyone that the same precautions recommended nearly 10 months ago remain unchanged.
In the interest of personal health, public health, and economic health, we once again strongly encourage everyone to:
- Remain at least 6 feet apart from anyone who does not live under your roof.
- Wear a face mask when you cannot maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance between yourself and others.
- Clean your hands often, either with soap and water for 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
And of course,
- Avoid travel or gatherings of any kind if you are ill, have been around someone who is ill, or if you are a member of a high-risk population such as adults age 85 or older, those who are pregnant, and those with cancer, diabetes, heart conditions, or any number of other underlying health issues as listed by the CDC.
At this time, the Matagorda Regional Medical Center is treating several COVID-19 patients. We still have capacity, we’re still well-stocked and have a dedicated staff, and we remain open and ready to provide a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services to our community in a clean, sterile, and safe environment.
Remember that viruses are small and incomplete cells that can only reproduce by using the supplies and tools they get from our cells. Basic science and simple math tell us that the more people we get close to without safety measures in place, the greater the odds of transmission. So again, we encourage everyone to do their part in reducing and slowing the spread of this virus in order to keep our community healthy and to keep our hospital from being overwhelmed by people all needing to seek treatment at the same time.
That’s all for now. May God continue to bless you all, and from all of us here at the Matagorda County Hospital District, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy, and productive New Year.
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