Free COVID testing set for Nov. 30 for anyone
Milam County continues its free COVID testing as the state has announced that it will host free testing in Milano on Nov. 30.
The state free testing will be held at the Milano Fire Station on Nov. 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for anyone. You don’t have to have symptoms to be tested that day. Testing is open to non-county residents.
The county saw 30 new COVID cases over the last week, with 21 new PCR cases and nine new probable antigen cases.
There are 60 active cases in the county as of Wednesday morning with 177 people being monitored and four hospitalized. There have been nine deaths in the county.
Milam County Judge Steve Young said that testing has been brisk throughout the county with 22 people getting tested this past Tuesday in Thorndale with four postitive results.
“We must do better,” Young said. “We must distance and wear a mask. This is our only protection. Know that when you are out in public, the virus is there also. Please protect yourself and others by keeping your distance and wearing a mask.”
During the Commissioners Court meeting last week the county moved for the Milam County Health Department to register to become a COVID-19 vaccine provider.
Health Department Director Robert Kirkpatrick said two vaccines are on the horizon and they will be given in two a two-dose regimen. He said the vaccines are proposed to have about 95 percent efficiency.
He said phase one will be healthcare workers and first responders followed by those in the high-risk population, then the general public.
The vaccine will be available early next year.
Young said the county will provide the vaccine free of charge to all county residents and that he hopes Milam County is one of the first to get the vaccine.
“Next week is Thanksgiving,” he said. “You are going to want to get together, but you need to be careful when gathered with your family.”
COVID UPDATE FOR THURSDAY, NOV. 19
"We have four new PCR cases and five new probable cases to report," Young said. "Three PCR cases were discharged, and eight probable cases were discharged. No one was admitted to a hospital and one was discharged."
Milam County Cases:
- Confirmed PCR Cases 609 up 4
- Confirmed active PCR Cases 22 up 1
- Confirmed probable (antigen) cases 190 – up 5
- Confirmed active probable cases 36 – down 3
- Total confirmed cases in Milam County 58 – down 2
- Monitored individuals 167– down 10
- Hospitalizations 4 – no change
- Deaths 9 – no change