Statewide hospitalizations continue to rise on Monday



The Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District on Monday reported one death related to COVID-19, 73 new cases of coronavirus and 29 recoveries.

The total number of deaths in the county linked to COVID-19 is 420.

Of the new cases, 26 were confirmed by polymerase chain reaction tests.

The active cases total 835 (350 PCR cases and 485 antigen cases), against 578 active cases a week ago.

The percentage of COVID-19 hospital patients in the Abilene trauma service area was 10.1% on Sunday, up from nearly 11% on Saturday and 9.8% on Friday, according to data from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The Abilene trauma service area, located in all 16 counties, had 88 COVID-19 hospital patients on Monday, the same number reported on Sunday, according to the state’s website.

Statewide, COVID-19 hospitalizations jumped to 9,462 on Monday, from 6,853 a week ago. The record of 14,218 inpatients was set on January 11.

The panelists announced for the town hall on vaccines on Tuesday

Several doctors from Hendrick Health, along with other city leaders, will be at city hall on COVID-19 vaccines on Tuesday at the Paramount Theater, 352 Cypress St.

The town hall starts at noon and the vaccination clinic is from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The following people will be available to answer questions, according to Hendrick:

  • Gary Binkley, DO, Chief of Staff, Hendrick Health
  • Dr Mariela Agosto-Rivera, Hospital Officer, Hendrick Health
  • Dr Kristen Mitchell, Obstetrician / Gynecologist, Prestige Women’s Health
  • Mayor Anthony Williams
  • Annette Lerma, Director of Public Health, Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District
  • Stephen Gleitz, Director of Critical Care Services, Hendrick Health

Pre-registration is recommended for the vaccine and can be done at Walk-ins are also welcome.

Paramount will provide free popcorn and soft drinks.

The coronavirus in figures

Abilene / Taylor County (updated Monday): Total number of PCR positive cases, 7,775; active PCR cases, 350; total antigen of probable cases, 9,090; total cases of active antigen, 485; total recoveries by PCR, 7,248; total antigen recoveries, 8,359; Total number of deaths, 420.

Texas (updated Monday): Total number of cases, 2,730,883; New cases, 2,151; Active cases (estimated), 160,283; Hospitalized, 9,462; Death, 52,471; New deaths, 8; Total tests, 34,740,051; Retrieved (estimated), 2,975,473.

Number of active cases estimated in large countries (followed by state): Brown, 222; Erath, 165; Howard, 115; Courage, 74; Eastland, 45; Nolan, 45; Comanche, 39 years old; Callahan, 39; Mitchell, 29; Channels, 24; Jones, 24; Coke, 17; Coleman, 17; Fisherman, 10; Shackelford, 10; Stephens, 7; Stone wall, 5; Kent, 1; Throckmorton, 1; Haskell, 0; Knox, 0.

Some counties in West Texas have estimated active cases: Lubbock, 2003; Tom Green (San Angelo), 1120; Ector (Odessa), 1056; Randall (Canyon), 1005; Potter (Amarillo), 817; Midland, 732; Wichita (Wichita Falls), 504; Hale (Plainview), 85; Moore, 69.

Sources: City of Abilene, Texas Department of State Health Services (count PCR cases only)

Following: COVID-19: Taylor County adds 65 cases Friday; more vaccination clinics planned

Brown County Adds 1 Death, 184 New Cases Last Week

BROWNWOOD – Brown County health officials on Friday reported one death from COVID-19 and 184 new cases last week, surpassing 128 the week before.

The county also reported 17 hospitalizations related to COVID-19 and 222 active cases. The week before, there were 11 hospital patients and 155 active cases.

Compared to 184 new cases last week, Brown County had 37 the week of July 16 and 107 the week of July 23. This year’s high for a weekly total was 297 on January 8.

The current totals for COVID-19 testing in Brown County as of Friday were:

  • Positive total: 4,842
  • Negative total: 9,180
  • Confirmed cases by PCR test: 2,325
  • Cases confirmed by antigen test: 2,517
  • Deaths: 143
  • Average age of the deceased: 67
  • Recovered: 4,477

Laura Gutschke is a general assignment 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


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