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One local nurse said the newest variant of the coronavirus is burning like a wildfire among those who are not vaccinated. He is urging all to trust the health care providers to take care of them before they are sick and get the vaccine.

One local Killeen nurse practitioner is painting a dismal picture for those who are unvaccinated from the coronavirus.

“As contagious as delta (variant) is, it’s going to burn through like a wildfire among the unvaccinated,” said Dean Robert, a nurse practitioner at Elms Creek Family Clinic in Killeen and a staff nurse in the emergency room at Seton Medical Center in Harker Heights.

“It’s more severe. It’s more contagious. And the predictions are the next four to six weeks we’re supposed to peak even more,” Robert said in a phone interview Friday. “With no mask mandates ... we are in so much trouble.”

Speaking about what he has witnessed in the emergency room at Seton, Robert said nurses have been unable to keep up with new patients, and the emergency room stays full and backs up throughout the day.

Area hospitals have declined to say how many beds are available, but did say they are under “stress” since COVID-19 cases began to surge earlier this month.

Robert said that prior to the coronavirus pandemic, emergency room trends were somewhat predictable — building throughout the day, leveling off at night and clearing everyone out overnight.

Robert said data indicates that what he calls “classic COVID” had a 25% hospitalization rate, while the delta variant has a 50% hospitalization rate, which is in line with what he has witnessed.

On July 27, the Texas Tribune highlighted the rise in hospitalizations in Bell County.

“In the Temple/Killeen region nearby, about 3% of hospitalizations in the area were COVID patients on July 1. By July 27, that had jumped to nearly 14%,” the Texas Tribune reported this week.

The news outlet also reported that Bell County was in the bottom third of all 254 counties in residents who have gotten at least one vaccine shot.

As of Thursday, according to data from the Texas Department of State Health Services, 40.03% of Bell County residents 12 or older have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, while 33.68% are fully vaccinated. In Coryell County, those numbers are 36.91% for one dose and 31.63% who are fully vaccinated. In Lampasas County, 43% of residents have received at least one dose, and 36.44% being fully vaccinated.

Statewide, 61.55% of residents have received at least one dose, according to DSHS. A total of 52.55% are fully vaccinated.

All three local counties have seen a less than 10% increase in all categories since the last time the Herald reported them — May 28.

The highest increase came from Coryell County, which has seen a 9.43% increase in those who are fully vaccinated — up from 22.2% on May 28.

The smallest increase has come from Lampasas County, which has seen 6.22% more residents get at least one dose of the vaccine — up from 36.78% on May 28.

Robert credited the vaccine to helping alleviate the effects of the new wave of cases.

“If we didn’t have the vaccines right now, we’d be at such an unbelievable crisis unlike anything in our country’s history,” he said.

Robert’s message for those who are leery about getting the vaccine is a simple one: “Trust us.”

“The other thing I try to remind people of is: if they’re leery of the vaccine, which we’re recommending, but when they’re sick they’re going to come to us to get treatment,” Robert said. “So, you trust us to take care of you when you’re sick, shouldn’t you also trust us to take care of you before you’re sick?”

The vaccine is being offered for free at many local providers, including H-E-B, Walgreens, CVS and local pharmacies, such as Medical Arts Pharmacy in Copperas Cove.

The pharmacist at Medical Arts Pharmacy was not immediately available to speak on whether there has been an uptick in those interested in getting the vaccine.

A spokesperson for CVSHealth indicated it has not been an uptick in vaccinations in the area.

“Our COVID-19 vaccination rate has been holding steady, and we continue to be able to meet the demand,” said Monica Prinzing.

H-E-B officials said early Saturday morning that all local stores have seen a "dramatic increase" of people receiving a vaccine in the past two weeks. 

Chelsea Thompson, the district spokeswoman for H-E-B, said the stores are giving vaccines "roughly equivalent" to the number when the vaccines were first offered.

Paul Kitchens, a registered pharmacist and the H-E-B pharmacy director of the North West Food Drug Division, said the vaccine interest has been cyclical.

“The interest in the vaccine has run in cycles- first when only health care providers were eligible, then when seniors and health compromised were added, then teachers, then general public and then children down to 12 year olds," Kitchens said via email. "The current volume of shots equals the peak rates during each of the previous cycles."

H-E-B currently offers the Pfizer vaccine, which has been approved for emergency use in anyone 12 or older, as well as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is for adults 18 and older.

To schedule a time to get the vaccine, go to https://vaccine.heb.com/.

Walk-ins are also offered from 9 a.m. until close.

Interim Bell County Public Health District Director Nikki Morrow said that from her perspective, interest in the vaccine has grown.

“The Health District is seeing more interest in getting the vaccine, especially as cases continue to climb. The start of the school year and flu season are also encouraging more families to consider getting vaccinated,” Morrow said via email Friday. “The rise in cases is overwhelming those who are unvaccinated. Getting the vaccine helps prevent severe illness, hospitalization, reduces risk of death and helps to control the spread of Covid-19.”

Killeen Independent School District has teamed up with Baylor Scott & White to offer the second dose of the vaccine Aug. 3, 4 and 5 at the former Nolan Middle School, 505 Jasper Road, Killeen. The hours are noon to 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 3 and 4, and from 1 to 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 5.

To view upcoming vaccine events in the district and instructions, go to https://www.killeenisd.org/covid19_vaccine.

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(21) comments

AnClar

“Israel is the first to push for a third shot for people over 60”. And there’s a good, non anti-Semitic reason for that. Israel is ahead of many countries, including the U.S. in vaccinating their citizens. Because of that, they have more data over a longer time period with which to evaluate the rate at which protection wanes and needs to be boosted. No global conspiracy, just facts and data.

Rick Beaulé

And while we're at it:

1. The vaccine has received emergency approval for use, so stop with this foolish "non-approval" stuff.

2. If this is just the flu, can anyone explain why hospitals are filling up now, when flu season doesn't start for several months?

3. Are all those doctors faking the diagnosis these illnesses in willing cooperation with the people who filling the hospital beds?

4. Are the people being denied elective surgeries in on the plot as well?

If this is all fake, then there are so many people in on it that it should be ranked as the greatest con of all time. Obviously, it's not, so let's just stop now.

Rick Beaulé

The ignorance on display here is pretty amazing. LOTS of unverified claims in response to Mr. Roberts' claims, all of which can be dispelled with a simple Google search of actual sources and not opinion columns. (Sorry, but Tucker Carlson and Stephen Miller don't count as experts.)

The irony of refuting his status as an expert while making statements about vaccines, laws, and even immigrants (talk about 'Insert pet political issue here!) in areas that NONE OF YOU have actual experience or education in reveals y'alls scorn to be exactly what it is: An adult temper tantrum.

Like it or not, Mr. Roberts IS speaking well within his field of expertise. Your refusal to accept that is on you, not him.

fred44

To ResistTyranny: Can you provide a link (not hearsay) regarding your claims that the PCR test cannot distinguish between flu and covid? I know that the PCR test is flawed, but I don't believe it mistakes the flu for covid. The flu is NOT a coronavirus.

PUREBLOODResistTyranny

https://www.cdc.gov/csels/dls/locs/2021/07-21-2021-lab-alert-Changes_CDC_RT-PCR_SARS-CoV-2_Testing_1.html

From the CDC website "

In preparation for this change, CDC recommends clinical laboratories and testing sites that have been using the CDC 2019-nCoV RT-PCR assay select and begin their transition to another FDA-authorized COVID-19 test. CDC encourages laboratories to consider adoption of a multiplexed method that can facilitate detection and differentiation of SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses. Such assays can facilitate continued testing for both influenza and SARS-CoV-2 and can save both time and resources as we head into influenza season. Laboratories and testing sites should validate and verify their selected assay within their facility before beginning clinical testing."

fred44

Thank you, but what I read is that they are introducing a new test that can detect and differentiate between flu and covid. It does not say or imply that the previous test mistakenly counted flu as covid. There is a separate PCR like test for the flu, which has been around for a long time. This new test is to simplify things... because when a sick person comes in, how do you tell if it's flu or covid. So now they have an easier all in one test.

fred44

The new test is to make it easier to evaluate patients.. do they have the flu or covid.. this is a two in one test. No where does it say the old test mistakenly mixed up flu with covid. This new test is simply for convenience. It's being introduced in Israel as well.

fred44

My question to the nurse practitioner that the story is centered on: Did you actually question each patient to find out if they were vaccinated? No, I don't think so, because patient privacy laws (HIPPA) prevent you from knowing that information. I think your comments are just your opinion, not actual facts. I'm sick and tired of all the media claiming it's the fault of the unvaccinated when they don't really know. Do vaccinated people really have fewer symptoms? This is all manufactured BS from big pharma and the Biden government. The latest report from the CDC (and surprisingly they didn't try to hide it) about a super spreader event in Massachusetts revealed that most of the infected were actually fully vaccinated and got just as sick as those who weren't.

PUREBLOODResistTyranny

RIDDLE ME THIS:

If the tests work-Why all the false positives?

If the masks work-Why the 6 feet?

If all 3 work-Why the mandated lockdowns?

If all 4 work-Why the vaccine?

If the vaccine is safe-Why the no liability clause for Big Pharma?

PUREBLOODResistTyranny

So the covid-19 test, PCR, has failed its FDA evaluation 🤔

It does not distinguish between the flu, or covid-19 🤔

Actual scientist who set parameters stated "anything over 18 cycles is not worthy of notation"🤔

This same test must not be used after December 2021 🤔🤯

Yet you are being threatened with unemployment, restrictive movement, based upon these test results 🤔

Most tests in this country, were run well over 30 plus cycles, low end estimate on my part 🤔

don76550

The Biden administration is why large numbers of Covid positive illegal immigrants are being allow in and distributed throughout the country. Biden is an enemy of America and is destroying this nation

PUREBLOODResistTyranny

Can someone point me to an article which explains the "delta test" they are using which discerns between "mutations" of Covid? Because until now, their test couldn't tell the difference between Covid and the flu.

Thanks.

PUREBLOODResistTyranny

Rothschild's Israel is the first country to now push for the THIRD Pfizer COVID Jab for people over 60. Get it? They're getting rid of the "useless eaters". The old people no longer useful for the workforce...they just cost taxpayers to care for them and they eat up all the food!!! We just can't have THAT now can we?

Remember Rothschild's boy, Henry Kissinger? He's very clear on what these vaccines are for. Notice he says they need to control the SHEEPS minds to control the herd.

Who are the SHEEP he speaks of? They're the ones getting the Jab WILLINGLY, even though they know it's EXPERIMENTAL. They're even lining up their CHILDREN for it!

This may sound harsh...but maybe it's a good thing the SHEEP are lining up for the Jab, since it's believed they're the ones that will control the herd. They can't control the herd if they're DEAD and the death toll is rising rapidly from those younger than 60. The SHEEP are self-culling.

PUREBLOODResistTyranny

No nurse so called "expert I will NOT trust you. I hope you are prepared for the Nuremberg trials 2.0 because "experts" like you will be included in them for trying to kill people.

FDA Accidentally Reveals List of Covid Vaccine Side Effects, Including Myocarditis, Autoimmune Disease & Death.

PUREBLOODResistTyranny

I will NOT be getting the CLOT SHOT, I will NOT wear a face diaper.

PUREBLOODResistTyranny

In another big setback for the nation’s efforts to stamp out the coronavirus, scientists who studied a big COVID-19 outbreak in Massachusetts concluded that vaccinated people who got so-called breakthrough infections carried about the same amount of the coronavirus as those who did not get the shots

Study: Vaccinated people can carry as much virus as othersBy LINDSEY TANNER, MIKE STOBBE and PHILIP MARCELOAssociated PressThe Associated Press

In another dispiriting setback for the nation’s efforts to stamp out the coronavirus, scientists who studied a big COVID-19 outbreak in Massachusetts concluded that vaccinated people who got so-called breakthrough infections carried about the same amount of the coronavirus as those who did not get the shots.

PUREBLOODResistTyranny

The "Delta" Variant has arrived just in time to justify more lockdowns, which will will arrive just in time to stop schools from opening, which arrives just in time for your business reopening, which arrives just in time to bankrupt you.

And that is the Great Reset

CDC just admitted their "test" can't tell the difference between "Covid" and the regular flu but now they can tell if you have the "delta" variant" SUCH BS

Hacksaw

You can't always believe what you read on social media, especially when it comes to medical information amid the coronavirus pandemic.

A May 2021 Instagram post went viral claiming that a user's family was denied a life insurance benefit because the deceased had gotten the "experimental" COVID-19 vaccine. But the vaccines made by Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson have all received emergency use authorizations. The post has been flagged as a false claim, and it shows no supporting evidence.

In fact, life insurers cannot deny a death benefit because the deceased is vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI). "The fact is that life insurers do not consider whether or not a policyholder has received a COVID vaccine when deciding whether to pay a claim. Life insurance policy contracts are very clear on how policies work, and what cause, if any, might lead to the denial of a benefit. A vaccine for COVID-19 is not one of them," Paul Graham, ACLI senior vice president said.

People who are hesitant to get vaccinated because they don't want to lose insurance benefits can rest assured that the COVID-19 vaccine won't have an effect on death benefit payouts.

Wayne Jefferson

Exactly my thoughts on this which nobody is reporting. Camela don't wanna go there because she'd test positive and that would put the spotlight on this thought

jgamon

If you get vaccinated you can still get covid and spread covid. Covid has a 99.7% survival rate. The vaccine is experimental and is not FDA approved, so if someone dies the big pharma is not liable and the life insurance company will not pay

for a vaccine death.

Mark2588

It doesn't help matters that thousands of illegal people from all around the world are pouring through our southern border and our Govt is busing untested illegals and dropping them off in cities all around our country. Nobody crossing the border is tested and even when they are obviously infected they are dropped off in communities that don't even know about it.

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