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OakBend Medical Center, which has locations at 1705 Jackson St. and 22003 Southwest Fwy. in Richmond, announced Thursday that the hospital is modifying its COVID-19 visitor policy to allow for more visitors.

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Fort Bend County Health and Human Services (FBCHHS) received 8,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses Feb. 9, Fort Bend County Judge KP George announced in a Facebook Live video.

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After its COVID-19 vaccine preregistration system reached capacity and closed Jan. 21, the online tool Fort Bend County Health and Human Services (FBCHHS) uses to facilitate vaccination appointments reopened Tuesday, County Judge KP George said during a news conference. George also said the …

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After its COVID-19 vaccine preregistration system reached capacity and closed Jan. 21, Fort Bend County Health and Human Services (FBCHHS) announced Tuesday it will not reopen this week because the county has enough residents who have signed up to use the nearly 6,000 vaccines it received fr…

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Fort Bend County Health and Human Services (FBCHHS) received 5,850 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine Thursday afternoon, according to a tweet from County Judge KP George.

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State Rep. Ron Reynolds, one of Fort Bend County’s representatives in Austin, is among the state legislators calling for teachers and other school staff to be moved near the front of the line for COVID-19 vaccinations.

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By STEFAN MODRICH  smodrich@fortbendstar.com OakBend Medical Center in Richmond announced Thursday in a news release that due to the rising COVID-19 hospitalization rate in the Houston area, it will be postponing all elective procedures that require hospital admission.  The move follows Wednesday’s letter from County Judge KP George regarding the recent trend of the region’s […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH  smodrich@fortbendstar.com The rising COVID-19 hospitalization rate in the Houston region has forced bars in Fort Bend County to close, elective surgeries to be suspended and businesses that were previously open at 75 percent capacity to scale back to 50 percent, per the guidelines outlined in an October executive order by Texas Gov. […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH  smodrich@fortbendstar.com When will Fort Bend County residents have access to a COVID-19 vaccine, which residents will be eligible to get the vaccine first, and where can they get it? County officials addressed these questions during a Monday news conference and admitted that, because of the fluidity of the situation amid the pandemic, […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH smodrich@fortbendstar.com In response to a surge COVID-19 cases and hospitalization rates in Fort Bend County and  Greater Houston, County Judge KP George announced during a news conference Wednesday that he would be elevating the county’s coronavirus threat level from orange — “moderate to significant risk” —  to red, or “high community risk.” […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH  smodrich@fortbendstar.com What is the future of healthcare, and what role does innovation and technology play in improving the quality of care? How can healthcare experts tackle the evolving challenges related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic? A Zoom panel of local doctors gathered Thursday in a Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce virtual event […]

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From Staff Reports Two public events aimed at bettering the health of the Fort Bend County community will be held this Saturday in Richmond and Rosenberg. The City of Rosenberg will host a free personal protective equipment (PPE) drive from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Rosenberg Civic Center, located at 3825 Hwy 36 S. Kits […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH  smodrich@fortbendstar.com Amid an increase in the number of COVID-19 patients requiring hospitalizations in Fort Bend County, area hospital CEOs wrote a letter Nov. 17 urging county residents to exercise caution and limit family gatherings for Thanksgiving, a sentiment shared by County Judge KP George. The letter was signed by Chris Siebenaler, CEO […]

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From Staff Reports Houston Methodist Hospital, which has a Sugar Land location at 16555 Southwest Fwy., is partnering with national technology-powered primary care organization One Medical to deliver primary care services in the Houston metro area, according to a Sept. 30 news release from One Medical. According to the news release, Houston Methodist patients will […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH smodrich@fortbendstar.com The Brazosport Water Authority (BWA) was informed late Friday by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) of the potential for brain-eating amoeba in the water supply, and issued a “Do Not Use” advisory for all water in Rosenberg as well as several cities in Brazoria County, two state prisons and […]

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OakBend Medical Center announced Wednesday August 26, 2020 that its COVID-19 testing site at 4911 Sandhill Dr. in Sugar Land will be closed until Monday due to the impending landfall of Hurricane Laura along the Gulf Coast. The medical center’s emergency rooms will remain open for urgent care, including for COVID-19 patients.

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the Houston region, an increasing number of doctors have transitioned to telehealth or virtual healthcare to safely meet their patients’ needs. A recent high school graduate from the area is working to make sure Fort Bend County’s highest-risk population for the disease can utilize the service while decreasing […]

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Joe Freudenberger has seen many COVID-19 patients inside OakBend Medical Center in Richmond. The pandemic recently hit even closer to home for OakBend’s 59-year-old CEO, who is in the midst of recovering from his own battle with the disease. And though he has been asymptomatic since July 23, the longtime executive said it was not […]