COVID cases top 100


Bosque County topped over 100 cases last week, averaging four new cases a day.

It comes the same week as Texas facilities prepare to manufacture a possible coronavirus vaccine.

Bosque County has 103 coronavirus cases and confirmed of residents as of Monday, bringing total cases in the area to 126.

Cases continue to surge in the county with 28 in the past week with now 67 active cases according to Texas Department of Health and Human Services.

Goodall-Witcher Hospital reported 23 non-residents have tested positive at the hospital, adding to the 103 Bosque County residents.

Goodall-Witcher Hospital has conducted 1,581 tests, 142 more than last last week, with 1,478 negative and 21 pending, which is again down from last week.

Goodall-Witcher Hospital stopped reporting hospitalizations for COVID-19 last week. There are still no known deaths in Bosque County.due to coronavirus.

Hope is on the horizon as human trials for a coronavirus vaccines have started and are being conducted in Texas.

Monday, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reserved the available advanced manufacturing capability and capacities of the Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing (CIADM) at the Texas A&M University System for use in manufacturing COVID-19 vaccines.

According to HHS, the approximately $265 million task order falls under an existing agreement with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. The CIADM is a public-private partnership between BARDA and the Texas A&M University System with manufacturing subcontracted to FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies.

With this task order, the U.S. government has reserved the CIADM’s capacity through December 2021 for U.S. government partners developing vaccines, such as Novavax, under Operation Warp Speed. The task order also enables FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies to more rapidly expand production capacity for vaccine manufacturing at the company’s CIADM facilities in Texas.

“Operation Warp Speed is one of the largest vaccine manufacturing efforts in recent history,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “To ensure we have the needed capacity, we are engaging domestic centers for advanced manufacturing that HHS has helped build in recent years. Securing more manufacturing capacity here in America will help get a vaccine to Americans without a day wasted and prepare our nation for future emergencies.”

Operation Warp Speed is a partnership among components of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Defense, engaging with private firms and other federal agencies, and coordinating among existing HHS-wide efforts to accelerate the development, manufacturing, and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics.

With today’s task order, the Texas A&M University System CIADM becomes the second to be reserved and expanded for the Operation Warp Speed effort. The first was a CIADM in Maryland.