Abilene area hospitalization rates appear to have stabilized over the weekend
The percentage of COVID-19 hospital patients in the Abilene trauma service area was 19.10% on Monday, up from 18.98% on Sunday and 19.05% on Saturday, according to data from the Texas Department of State Health Services.
The Abilene Trauma Service Area, located in all 16 counties, reported 165 COVID-19 hospital patients on Tuesday, up from 164 on Monday and 185 on Friday. All hospital patients are adults, according to the state’s website.
Hendrick Health reported 126 COVID-19 hospital patients at its three hospitals on Tuesday, including 27 in intensive care. The number of inpatients was 117 on Monday and 133 on Friday. The breakdown for Tuesday’s tally was 106 at hospitals in Abilene and 20 at Brownwood facility.
Of 126 Hendrick COVID-19 hospital patients, 102 are not fully vaccinated. Of the 27 coronavirus patients in intensive care, 24 are not fully immunized.
Brown County adds 4 deaths, 344 new cases last week
BROWNWOOD – Brown County health officials on Friday reported four COVID-19-related deaths and 344 new cases last week, a weekly record for the year.
The deceased are three women in their 30s, 40s and 60s and a man in his 80s. None lived in a retirement home.
A total of 160 deaths in the county have been linked to the coronavirus and the average age of those who died is 66.
Prior to last week, this year’s high for a weekly total of new cases was 319 on August 27, followed by 297 on January 8.
The county also reported 19 hospitalizations for COVID-19 on Friday and 441 active cases. The previous week there were 19 hospitalizations related to COVID-19 and 387 active cases.
The percentage of county residents aged 12 and over who are fully immunized is 37.10%, up from 36.10% the week before.
The current totals for COVID-19 testing in Brown County as of Friday were:
- Positive total: 5,860
- Negative total: 9,514
- Confirmed cases by PCR test: 2,756
- Cases confirmed by antigen test: 3,104
- Deaths: 160
- Average age of the deceased: 66 years old
- Recovered: 5,259
The coronavirus in figures
Texas (updated Tuesday): Total number of cases, 3,107,042; New cases, 5,964; Active cases (estimated), 287,879; Hospitalized, 13,499; Death, 57,238; New deaths, 128; Total tests, 38,804,687; Retrieved (estimated), 3,304,896.
Number of active cases estimated in large countries (followed by state): Brown, 441; Scurry, 303; Howard, 273; Nolan, 212; Erath, 175; Jones, 141; Stephens, 129; Coca, 76; Mitchell, 76; Eastland, 57; Comanche, 52 years old; Callahan, 44; Channels, 42; Fisher, 11; Coleman, 9 years old; Shackelford, 5; Throckmorton, 4; Haskell, 2; Stone wall, 2; Knox, 1; Kent, 0.
Some counties in West Texas have estimated active cases: Lubbock, 4,355; Midland, 2,376; Randall (Canyon), 2340; Potter (Amarillo), 2093; Ector (Odessa), 1955; Wichita (Wichita Falls), 1,864; Tom Green (San Angelo), 1,573; Hale (Plainview), 254; Moore, 148.
Sources: City of Abilene, Texas Department of State Health Services (count PCR cases only)
SCHOOLS, COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
Abilene ISD: 16 new cases (12 students, four staff) reported Monday, compared to 43 on Friday. Case by campus: one student at Cooper High, one student at ATEMS, two students at Madison Middle, one student at Mann Middle, three students and two staff at Taylor Elementary, two students at Martinez Elementary, two students at Ward Elementary, one staff member at Abilene High and one staff member at Stafford Elementary.
Active cases total 323 (265 students, 58 staff), up from 309 on Friday. As of June 14, the district has reported 460 cases (357 students, 103 staff).
Wylie ISD: Reported Tuesday Friday 30 new cases (22 students, eight staff), for a total of 91 active cases, against 97 active cases Friday. Active cases by campus: eight students and two staff at East Elementary, five students and one staff at West Elementary, three students and four staff at West Intermediate, 19 students and four staff at Wylie High, four students and three staff members at West Early Childhood, 14 students and two staff at East Junior High and 20 students and two staff at West Junior High.
Christian University of Abilene: 19 new cases reported Monday, including 53 active cases and 49 people in quarantine due to possible exposure. Among active cases, 73.6% are not vaccinated. The cumulative number of cases since August 17 is 94. The ACU on Tuesday demanded masks for two weeks in teaching spaces.
McMurry University: Four new student cases reported Monday. There are 31 active cases, up from 33 on Thursday, with a total of 46 cases in the fall semester.
Laura Gutschke is a general journalist and food columnist and manages online content for the Reporter-News. If you value local news, you can support local journalists with a digital subscription to ReporterNews.com.
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