Erath County officials report record number of new Covid cases while vaccine shows signs of promise.


By SARA VANDEN BERGE

I feel like a broken record.

My weekly update on local Covid-19 cases has remained much of the same for weeks now with the number of new cases showing no sign of slowing down.

And this week is no different.

Erath County emergency management coordinator Susan Driskill’s latest numbers released Tuesday show 42 new cases; 27 in Stephenville, four in Dublin and 11 in the county.

The number is a record in the county’s daily reporting, Driskill said.

The total number of cases now stands at 1,218 with 189 still considered active and 51 total hospitalizations.

But there is good news: A vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech holds promise of significantly reducing symptoms of Covid-19.

The vaccine is the first to undergo late-stage testing in the U.S. and early results show that patients who receive two injections three weeks apart experienced 90% fewer symptoms than patients who received a placebo.

Pfizer said that by the end of the year the company will have manufactured enough doses to immunize 15-20 million people.