One year ago last month, the first Texan died of complications related to COVID-19 in Matagorda County. Since then, coronavirus has taken more than 48,500 lives in Texas, out of 2.78 million confirmed cases, and almost 2.75 million have recovered from the virus. So far, more than 11 million doses of the vaccine have been administered to about 12% of the Texas population.

Health experts estimate 75% to 90% of Texans need to achieve immunity to COVID to reach “herd” immunity. The danger remains high because scientists have found coronavirus on surfaces of iPhone screens, paper money, and the hard surfaces of objects 28 days after last touched by an infected individual. The virus is still being spread by people not using proper hygiene or no longer wearing masks and breathing the virus into the air, not even knowing they have become carriers. Two people that I knew personally refused to wear masks or get the vaccine and are now dead from the virus.

Floyd McKee is a native of Seguin. He is a retired Air Force Colonel and eight of his ancestors were among the 33 Rangers that organized and developed Walnut Springs and Seguin.

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