Waiting on patients

Staff photo by Albert Villegas

Health workers wait for a motorist to drive up to them outside of the Wharton Civic Center on Monday, Dec. 22. Contrary to what Wharton County’s OEM reported, there was additional free testing in Wharton the following week.

Officials with the Wharton County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) announced during a Wharton County Commissioners Court meeting on Monday, Dec. 28 that there are more free testing events set for January.

This comes after the OEM had reported that the Dec. 22 testing would be the last of the year.

Deputy Coordinator Debbie Cenko, with Coordinator Andy Kirkland sitting next to her, told County Judge Phillip Spenrath during the meeting that the first two weeks of January are being planned for more free testing at either the Wharton Civic Center or the El Campo Civic Center. The OEM will announce the dates, times and sites as the free testing draws near.

The Dec. 29 COVID-19 report from the OEM shows the regional hospitalization rate is 15.17 percent in the county.

“Governor Perry’s mandate of closing bars and rolling back restaurants to 50% does not come into play until the hospitalization rate is 15% for seven consecutive days.  We are watching this rate closely and will continue to do so,” Cenko said.

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