Vaccine clinic to be held Friday


A COVID-19 vaccination clinic will be held at the J.B. Wells Expo on Friday, March 12, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Gonzales County COVID-19 vaccine waitlist will be used to fill the appointments, according to Gonzales Healthcare Systems Marketing Director Holly Danz. This will be the Johnson & Johnson one-shot Janssen vaccine, which does not require a second injection like the Moderna vaccine the county has previously received.

To sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine waitlist, call 830-672-8491 or email your full name, date of birth, phone number, and email address if available.

The population of county residents who have received a COVID-19 vaccine has risen to 3,304, with 1,639 people fully vaccinated according to Department of State Health Services data retrieved March 10.

DSHS data shows that Gonzales County COVID-19 statistics for Tuesday, March 9 were:

• 18 active cases

• 2,558 recovered

• 53 deaths

• 2,629 total cases

Hospitalizations in Trauma Service Area P, which includes Gonzales County have fallen by just under 3% over the course of the last week. Lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 made up 5.82% of total hospital capacity as of Monday, March 8.

Executive Order GA-34, which went into effect on Wednesday, March 10, lifts the statewide mask mandate and allows all businesses to reopen at 100%. However, some businesses and schools are choosing to maintain their mask requirements:

• H-E-B

• Gonzales Healthcare Systems

• Nixon-Smiley Consolidated School District until at least April 12, when the Board of Trustees will evaluate guidance from the CDC to determine what actions to take.

• Gonzales Independent School District, through end of the school year.

• Waelder Independent School District, through end of the school year.

As of Wednesday, March 3 there were four active cases of COVID-19 reported in Gonzales Independent School District, one in Nixon-Smiley Consolidated Independent School District, and none in Waelder Independent School District.