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Johnson and Johnson Vaccine being offered in New Boston

TEXARKANA, TX— Bowie County Office of Emergency Management will partner with the statewide Department of Emergency Management to offer a walk-up COVID-19 vaccine clinic administering the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week in New Boston, Texas. The clinic will open daily at 9:00 a.m. and operate until all vaccines are given. In Texas, anyone over the age of 18 is now eligible to receive the vaccine. No appointment is necessary. Vaccines will be given at the New Boston Community Center, 301 N.E. Front Street, New Boston, Texas 75570. Continue Reading →

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COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic to be held at Southwest Center

TEXARKANA, TX- The Texarkana-Bowie Family Health Clinic will hold a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Monday, April 5, 2021. Appointments to receive the first dose of the Moderna vaccine must be made in advance. Anyone over the age of 18 is eligible to receive the Moderna vaccination. To make an appointment, call (903) 798-3250 and press 0 or (903) 278-7078 / (903) 824-4829 during normal business hours. Continue Reading →

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Womack Urges Arkansans to Get Vaccinated, Shares Resources

Washington, DC: Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) is urging all eligible Third District Arkansans to register to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations. He is joining local and state community and health leaders in raising public awareness on vaccinations after recent data showed concerningly low inoculation rates in Northwest Arkansas.

Congressman Womack said, “Science and the power of Operation Warp Speed have brought us several safe and effective vaccines. But, to unleash the full power of this ingenuity, we need these shots to reach residents. I strongly encourage every eligible Arkansan to get vaccinated and ensure no supply goes unused in the Third District. I myself have received the full vaccination and am thankful for the work of health professionals across the state. Continue Reading →

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Bowie County Discontinues COVID Hotline

TEXARKANA, TX— As COVID-19 cases continue to decline in the area, the local Emergency Operations Center will discontinue the use of the COVID hotline telephone number beginning Monday, March 22, 2021. Individuals can call individual departments for assistance:

Texarkana, Texas Office of Emergency Management         (903) 798-3043

Texarkana Texas Fire Department                                          (903) 798-3994

Texarkana-Bowie Family Health Clinic                                    (903) 798-3250

Bowie County Office of Emergency Management               (903) 628-6776

Locally, Texas DSHS has reported 39 new Bowie County cases since Friday for a total of 4,628 positive COVID-19 cases, and 2,104 probable cases with 195 deaths. The Department of State Health Services is reporting 468 active cases currently in Bowie County. Free COVID-19 testing is still available at 902 W. 12th Street in Texarkana, Texas from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. To make an appointment visithttps://texas.fulgentgenetics.com/ or call 877-862-4647. Continue Reading →

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Bowie County Update on COVID Vaccine 3-12-21

TEXARKANA, TX— In addition to Bowie County’s hub vaccine clinic at Christus St. Michael Health System, over 1,000 vaccines were given out this week in Bowie County. The Texarkana-Bowie County Family Health Clinic visited local school districts to administer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, including Texarkana ISD, St. James Day School, Liberty-Eylau ISD, DeKalb ISD, Malta ISD, Hubbard ISD, Hooks, ISD, Leary ISD, New Boston ISD, Red Lick ISD, Premiere High School, and Williams School. The Texas National Guard also partnered with the City of Texarkana, Texas to provide 400 Moderna COVID-19 vaccines as part of Governor Abbott’s Save our Seniors Initiative on Thursday. Continue Reading →

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Miller County COVID Vaccine Update 3-10-21

Miller County, AR: COVID vaccination clinics continue to be scheduled in Miller County. College Hill Drug and Miller County Emergency Management has worked with city and community leaders in Miller County to schedule vaccination clinics throughout March. List of Vaccination Clinics include:

Thursday, March 11th from 9a-4p at 928 Laurel St. Church of the Living God

Thursday, March 18th from 9a-4p at 106 E. Main St, Fouke Community Center

Friday, March 19th from 9a-3p at 189 Miller County 201, Doddridge Community Center

Wednesday, March 24th 7am at the Cooper Tire Union Hall (Cooper Tire employees)

This is the two dose Moderna vaccine and people interested in signing up for the March 11th event can do so at https://www.collegehilldrug.com/covid-19-vaccinations There, you can select to schedule a time for the vaccine and also complete the registration paperwork which needs to be brought with you. For people who can’t get online, they can go to College Hill Drug and request a registration packet. Continue Reading →

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Texas Teachers Now Eligible for COVID Vaccine

TEXARKANA, TX—The Texas Department of State Health Services announced today that teachers in Texas are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. According to a memo released by DSHS, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services directed states yesterday to expand vaccine eligibility to include people who work in school and child care operations. As stated in the federal directive, this includes:

“those who work in pre-primary, primary, and secondary schools, as well as Head Start and Early Head Start programs (including teachers, staff, and bus drivers) and those who work as or for licensed child care providers, including center-based and family care providers.”

In light of this federal directive, all vaccine providers in Texas are directed to immediately include these personnel in vaccination administration. This action does not change the other groups prioritized for vaccination in Texas, and facilities are encouraged to continue your efforts to vaccinate older adults since the burden of COVID-19 falls so severely on people ages 65 and older. Locally, Texas DSHS has reported 23 new Bowie County cases since yesterday for a total of 4,578 positive COVID-19 cases, and 2,004 probable cases with 183 deaths. Continue Reading →

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State and National Data Show Steep Decline in Nursing Home COVID Cases

OKLAHOMA CITY – Data released by the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) shows that new COVID-19 infections in long-term care (LTC) facilities have fallen to less than 10 percent of rates reported in late 2020. From February 11-18 of 2021, there were 39 new COVID cases among residents, according to data reported by OSDH. In the last week of December 2020, that weekly total was 443. Additionally, test positivity rates continue to decline. In data released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, far fewer Oklahoma counties are listed as “red.” In the last week of December 2020, 29 Oklahoma counties were listed as red counties for high nursing home positivity rates. Continue Reading →

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Miller County COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

Miller County, AR: The Miller County Office of Emergency Management has teamed up with College Hill Drug and Lansdell Family Clinic to provide a COVID-19 vaccination clinic Saturday, March 6th from 9am-5pm at the Arkansas High School Razorback Gym located at 1500 Jefferson in Texarkana, AR. Miller County recently began receiving larger shipments of the vaccine and the pharmacies need a larger venue for the rollout. Director Joe Bennett of Emergency Management said, “Coordination efforts between OEM, Texarkana Arkansas School District, Rotary Club of Texarkana, College Hill Drug, Health Mart and various medical facilities have resulted in providing this service to citizens aged 65 and over, staff and faculty at educational facilities, medical personnel and emergency responders, and newly approved to receive the vaccination; agricultural workers and poultry processing workers in the poultry industry, all of which are included in the Phase 1A-1B category.”

Currently, there are approximately 1400 people signed up on the College Hill Drug vaccination web site. OEM receives phone calls daily from citizens who say they have signed up but not have been called. Often, it is revealed that a call was made to the individual but not answered due to a non-recognized phone number. Continue Reading →

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Water Damage Forces Miller County Courthouse to Move

Moving help continues to be needed. Damage posted 2-19 on the Miller County Facebook Page

Miller County, AR: According to Miller County Judge Cathy Hardin-Harrison, the contents of the entire Miller County Courthouse must be moved quickly to allow for repairs. During the recent snow and ice storm, the courthouse was damaged when water pipes burst throughout the building during power outages. The damage was most significant in the basement, first and second floors. Several pictures online have showcased the extent of the damage and local news outlets have carried the story. Continue Reading →

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