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Vaccines at Poteet Discount Pharmacy

Poteet Discount Pharmacy offers COVID and flu vaccines. They are located at 9014 N. State Hwy. 16 in Poteet and open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Atascosa County Republican Party

Holding Republican Meet the Candidates and Open Q&A Forum on Monday, Jan. 17, at United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 19341 S. Somerset St. in Lytle. Meet and greet at 6 p.m. Candidates take the stage at 6:30 p.m. and will be given two minutes each to introduce themselves and the position they are running for. Open Q&A forum to follow and the entire event estimated to be over by 8:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Emergency SNAP benefits again extended

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is again extending emergency food benefits this month, with more than $307 million in emergency allocations expected to help more than 1.5 million Texas households.

The agency received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to extend the maximum allowable amount of benefits provided through the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. That means recipients will receive at least $95 in emergency SNAP allotments by Jan. 31, in addition to their regular allotment.

Texans in need can apply for benefits at Your- TexasBenefits.com.

COVID-19 cases more than triple in past week

The Omicron variant of COVID-19 has sent cases skyrocketing throughout the state, with a recordhigh 413,994 new cases reported by the Coronavirus Resource Center at Johns Hopkins University in the past week — nearly four times the number reported the previous week.

A total of 717 new deaths were reported, up 70% from the previous week.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 9,803 lab-confirmed COVID-19 hospitalizations as of Sunday, an increase of 77% from the previous week. Just a month ago, hospitalizations had dropped below 3,000, according to DSHS. The number of new cases this past week is more than 10 times the total reported a month ago.

Second round of vaccine funding begins

A second round of funding for the state’s COVID-19 vaccine outreach program has begun. Organizations can apply for grants ranging from $50,000 to $1 million “to engage in vaccine education and outreach with the goal of increasing the number of fully vaccinated Texans against COVID-19.”

Money will be awarded for projects that increase access to COVID-19 vaccines or provide outreach to populations disproportionately affected by the virus.

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