UMC Health System has been keeping the citizens of Lubbock in the loop by posting about the number of COVID-19 cases and what percent are vaccinated for the past few weeks.

The first time they posted was August 16th, 2021. This post stated that the UMC Health System currently had 96 total COVID-19 patients, and that 98 percent of those patients were unvaccinated. The post is captioned: "Our staff will continue to work diligently to keep you, your family, and our community safe because Our Passion is You."

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The next post was made on August 23rd, 2021, with a small increase in total COVID patients. This post stated that there was a total of 98 patients in the hospital with the novel coronavirus, with 94 percent of them being unvaccinated. This post included a blurb about UMC’s mission to share these stats with the public in order to inform and update the community about what is going on with Lubbock COVID-19 hospitalizations.

Their most recent post was Monday, August 30th, 2021, with an increased number of patients: 102 people, with 95 percent of them being unvaccinated.

I think that it's extremely important to be sharing this data with the public, and I thank UMC for doing so in such an accessible way. Everyone needs to recognize how many people are still being severely affected by this pandemic, and what they can do to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

I'm all about allowing others to make choices for themselves. So, if you chose to not get vaccinated, then that's your choice. But also understand the possible consequences. Look at those statistics that 95 percent of hospitalized patients are unvaccinated, and think if you want to put yourself or a loved one in their shoes.

We all have to do the best we can to stop the spread of the coronavirus, and sharing information like this is a step in the right direction.

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