Corpus Christi COVID-19 Cases Rise Vaccines

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – There has been an increase in both COVID cases and the number of people vaccinated over the past week in Coastal Bend.

“The spread of COVID is not currently controlled by vaccinations,” said Chris Bird, a member of the COVID-19 task force and professor at Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi.

As cases increased in the coastal bend, Bird said there was evidence that despite receiving thousands of vaccines, the community was not left out of the pandemic.

“The numbers you hear are always the number of shots fired, but in order for someone to be vaccinated, there must be two of them. So if you hear 20,000 vaccines, that’s not 20,000 people vaccinated,” Bird said.

Bird said there still weren’t enough people fully vaccinated to consider returning to normal.

“Throughout the cell phone metric, they are all showing a rising trend for the last month or so,” Bird said. “Our modeling shows that another peak as big or bigger than July is possible if we just say forget about it.”

Bird said he was worried about the next week as Easter weekend approaches and more people will gather, but he hopes they will remember to take safety precautions.

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