COVID-19 numbers are high, Hays CISD works to roll out vaccines

By Megan Wehring
HAYS CISD — Demand for vaccinations continues to increase while the supply doesn’t seem to match. Hays CISD is preparing to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to interested employees when doses are available.
When doses are made available, the district will use the first shipment for faculty and staff over 65 years old with medical accommodations. Hays CISD will use the Performing Arts Center (PAC) during after school hours for vaccinations.
“We’ve already sent out a Google form from HR asking which employees would accept the vaccine and which would not,” said Superintendent Dr. Eric Wright. “A lot of the surrounding areas only had around 40% that wanted to take the vaccine and our initial count was around 75%. I was pleased to see that.”
Wright said the district has recorded the highest number of positive cases this week on-campus for students and staff.
“The numbers are still really low in comparison to other surrounding areas,” Wright said during Tuesday’s Board of Trustees meeting. “As we do our contact tracing, we find the vast majority of these cases are contacted to community-spread rather than in-school spread.”
District employees are now required to wear both a face shield and mask. It’s been proven to be effective to help reduce the number of unfilled positions, Wright explained.

Comment on this Article

About Author

Megan Wehring graduated from Texas State University in May 2020 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Wehring is nearing one year at the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch, covering all things local. This includes city council meetings, town events, education and human interest stories. Previously, Wehring worked at KTSW FM-89.9 (Texas State University's official radio station) for two consecutive years. She was a news reporter, assistant news director and monthly segment producer during her time at KTSW. Wehring is passionate about the local reporter aspect. With a heart for storytelling, she believes that journalists are equipped to share the stories that are most important to the community.

Comments are closed.