Local health officials are looking for other ways to offer COVID-19 testing as the recent omicron variant has swamped Longview-area hospitals with residents who want to know if they have the virus.
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The Gregg County Health Department is now offering booster doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccines for anyone over the age of 18. The J…
The Gregg County Health Department is offering a free COVID-19 vaccination booster clinic from 1-4 p.m. on Fridays.
The Gregg County Health Department will use a federal grant to expand COVID-19 vaccination efforts to minorities as well as low-income and homeless residents.
The COVID-19 situation is so severe at Longview hospitals that the intensive care units are full, and residents with serious conditions might have to wait to receive care, according to Gregg County’s top health official.
As area counties continue to trail behind the state in COVID-19 vaccination rates, Gregg County’s health authority says an unfounded mistrust of vaccines as well as the politicization of the pandemic have hampered the effort.
Numbers paint a picture of declining demand for COVID-19 vaccines in Gregg County, with the future of the county's vaccine hub being evaluated weekly.
Texas lifted its mask mandate and business restrictions about four weeks ago. Spring break ended about three weeks ago. However, local COVID-19 case counts have become almost a trickle, in contrast to the spikes that occurred after Thanksgiving and Christmas, for instance.
Masks, social distancing and higher vaccination rates have kept influenza levels low in the Longview area, officials say.
Beginning March 10, Longview and Gregg County residents can choose whether to continue wearing face masks after a state mandate is lifted.