City of Amarillo holds final bi-weekly COVID-19 conference, reflects on pandemic

Updated: May. 19, 2021 at 11:53 AM CDT
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AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) - The City of Amarillo announced they will no longer be holding their bi-weekly conferences on COVID-19 and will stop providing a daily case report card as of Friday.

The news was announced during their scheduled COVID-19 news conference today.

“It does feel like we’re putting down a mark in the timeline of our city’s history today,” said Mayor Ginger Nelson. “This last year we have spent a lot of time and energy focused on surviving and it’s time to transition that....into more of a thriving mindset. We’re all ready for it.”

Since March 23 of 2020, the city has released 309 report cards.

The city also held 68 public news conferences via Zoom.

“We will still call a press conference if the situation warrants,” said Amarillo City Manager, Jared Miller.

One thing that will remain the same will be the City of Amarillo’s vaccination clinic at the Amarillo Civic Center, although the entrance to receive a vaccination will change in June.

After May 31, those interested in receiving a vaccine will enter through Entrance 4.

“We’ve been using the North Exhibit Hall as a vaccination site,” said Miller. “The volume is low enough now that we don’t have to wind lines throughout the facility (so) we will be using the Regency Hall. That is where we are doing our data entry and also where we will be doing our vaccinations going forward.”

Area health experts expressed a positive outlook on the city’s future in regards to the Coronavirus, noting that the science behind the COVID-19 vaccine continues to look promising.

“I am ecstatic that as a community where we have reached this point where we can put the vast majority of COVID-19 in the rear view mirror,” said Dr. Brian Weis, chief medical officer at Northwest Texas Healthcare System.

Dr. Weis encouraged the community to get vaccinated as more people begin to remove their masks.

“We have seen truly a revolution in science. I think they are the cleanest and safest vaccines we’ve ever created,” he said. “This is beautiful technology.”

The city continues to provide the Moderna vaccine for free to all adults ages 18 or older.

As of today, the clinic has administered 262 doses of the Pfeizer COVID-19 vaccine to those 12 to 17 years old since the vaccine was approved for those under 18 years of age.

There are 521 active cases of COVID-19 in Amarillo according to the last city report card.

The five-day new case average is at 27 new cases per day.

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