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The COVID-19 vaccine from a big city perspective

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When Rachel K. Ward, BSN, RN prepares to care for a postsurgical pediatric COVID patient at Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin, she dons fresh surgical scrubs, outer-space-like booties, a sterile gown, two sets of gloves, a face shield, a respirator and a mask over the respirator. It takes two people to dress her and so far--months into the coronavirus pandemic, these measures have protected her from infection, protected her patients, her colleagues, friends and other people around her.
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Texas’ second round of COVID-19 vaccines earmarked for smaller hospitals, long-term care

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Some 620,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines are expected to land at 1,100 providers in 185 Texas counties starting Monday, including smaller and rural hospitals left out of the first shipment of doses this week, state health officials said Friday.
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Hemphill County election website deemed outstanding

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The League of Women Voters of Texas is celebrating 56 “outstanding” November 2020 general election websites from Texas’ 254 counties. Among those doing with the best effort in providing accurate, accessible, and useful voter information is Hemphill County. Ochiltree County was also rated “outstanding,” while Gray and Wheeler counties received “good” ratings, and the Lipscomb site was judged to be “fair.”
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Tell me the story, one more time

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Jaquita Adcock shared this story about her grandfather, Delbert H. Harper, who was born on Christmas Day 1909. The story came from Lisa Brewer Williams, a granddaughter of Delbert’s only sister, Ruth. This story is about them and the hardship they endured as mere children on this special Christmas Day in 1924. “Again, this is a very thought-provoking time of the year for me,” Williams wrote. “I lost my maternal grandmother on Dec. 26, 2002, at 2:30 am. Every year around this time, I reflect on this story that I was told by my grandmother, Ruth.”
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DPS announces temporary waiver for April 2021 DL/ID expirations

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AMARILLO—The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today announced that the waiver on expiration dates for driver licenses (DLs) and identification cards (IDs) ends on April 14, 2021. Customers who need to renew are urged to make an appointment today. The waiver, granted by Gov. Greg Abbott in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, applied to DLs, commercial DLs, commercial learner permits, ID cards, and election identification certificates that expired on or after March 13, 2020.
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Hospital district prepares for move to new Mesa View Senior Living, parses rising COVID costs

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The planned move-in to the new Mesa View Senior Living facility was delayed from the first of this week, and at Tuesday’s meeting of the Hemphill County Hospital Board, Administrator Christy Francis said if the move doesn’t take place by the first of next week, it will have to wait until the new year.