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COVID-19 claims Kerrville’s youth livestock show

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The Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show Association (HCDJLSA) announced Monday that the 2021 Hill Country District Livestock Show was cancelled but to COVID-19 safety concerns, but officials with the Bandera County Junior Livestock Show said Monday that the event scheduled for January 14-16 at Mansfield Park is still scheduled to proceed without delay.

“We believed we had a solid plan in place, but due to the expectation of increased COVID-19 cases, the state official responsible for approving our mass gathering application did not approve it,” said HCDJLSA President Steve Bauer in a statement on Monday.

“This leaves us feeling both disappointed and frustrated; however, we always knew that there was a possibility that this could happen,” he continued. “We will be back in 2022 , stronger than ever.”

Bauer said that after some restructuring, HDCJLSA will still be able to continue with a Kerry County Show that will be followed by a premium sale. Kerr County exhibitors will receive more information from HCDJLSA, extension offices and science teachers at a future date.

District and state-wide exhibitors who planned on participating in the 77th Annual HCDJLS show in Kerrville will be issued a refund check for all their entry fees by their county’s 4-H office of FFA chapter.

“Again, the Executive Board is not at all happy to have to do this,” said Bauer. “However, it is most important to protect the health of our exhibitors, families and volunteers in this time of the pandemic.”

According to the Department of State Health Services Region 8, Kerr County had 248 active cases of COVID-19 as of Monday, Dec. 28.

Kerr county has seen a total of 2,203 cases, 1,943 of which have been marked recovered. 12 deaths have been reported to date.

There are 52,600 people in Kerr county, according to a 2019 report by the United States Census Bureau.

That same Region 8 report said that Bandera County has 68 active cases of COVID-19.

Bandera County, population 23,112 in 2019, has seen 551 total COVID-19 cases, according to the Region 8 statistics released by Bandera Emergency Management Coordinator Carey Reed.

480 of those cases have been marked recovered. 3 deaths have been reported.

“We are still working out details to get our first responders vaccinated, but that is all on vaccines for now,” Reed said Monday.

On Monday, The Texas Department of State Health Services reported that 11,351 people in the state were hospitalized due to COVID-19, surpassing July’s previous high of 10,893 As of Tuesday morning,

As of Tuesday morning, Texas has seen 1.7 million cases of COVID-19 and 27,245 deaths.

There have been 19.4 million cases of COVID-19 in the United States and over 335,000 deaths.

Globally, there have been 81.2 million cases of COVID-19 and 1.77 million deaths.