Taylor County adds 1 death, 33 new cases on Tuesday
The Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District reported one death from COVID-19, 33 new cases and seven recoveries on Tuesday.
The total number of deaths in the county linked to the coronavirus is 549.
Of the 33 new cases, 13 were confirmed by polymerase chain reaction tests.
The active cases total 731 (212 PCR cases and 519 confirmed by antigenic tests). A week ago, there were 602 active cases.
Hendrick Health reported 46 COVID-19 hospital patients on Monday, including 15 in intensive care. As of the last report on Friday, there were 57 COVID-19 hospital patients, including 16 in intensive care.
The breakdown by facility Monday was 42 inpatients in Abilene hospitals (12 in intensive care) and four in Brownwood Hospital (three in intensive care).
Of the 46 Hendrick COVID-19 hospital patients, 36 were not fully immunized.
The percentage of COVID-19 hospital patients in the Abilene trauma ward area in the 16 counties was 5.82% of total capacity on Monday, compared to 6.50% on Sunday and 6.59% on Saturday, according to Texas State Department COVID-19 Database.
The Abilene trauma service area had 54 COVID-19 hospital patients on Tuesday, five fewer than reported on Monday. The state also reported on Monday that three admissions had been made in the previous 24 hours.
The coronavirus in figures
Abilene / Taylor County (updated Tuesday): New cases, 33; PCR cases, 9,878; active PCR cases, 212; total probable antigen cases, 13,920; total cases of active antigen, 519; total recoveries by PCR, 9,467; total antigen recoveries, 13,051; Total number of deaths, 549.
Texas (updated Tuesday): Total number of cases, 3,597,013; New cases, 2,459; Active cases (estimated), 47,231; Hospitalized, 3,144; Death, 73,052; New deaths, 63; Total tests, 48,372,150; Retrieved (estimated), 4,213,691.
Active cases estimated by Big Country (monitored by the State): Courage, 92; Stephens, 90; Brun, 57 years old; Howard, 52; Comanche, 50 years old; Eastland, 50; Erath, 49 years old; Callahan, 48; Shackelford, 39; Nolan, 25; Alleyways, 23; Haskell, 20; Mitchell, 19; Coleman, 16; Kent, 16; Knox, 12; Coke, 9; Fisherman, 7; Stone wall, 7; Throckmorton, 4; and Jones, 2.
Some counties in West Texas have estimated active cases: Lubbock, 1,367; Midland, 749; Randall (Canyon), 696; Potter (Amarillo), 644; Ector (Odessa), 559; Wichita (Wichita Falls), 278; Tom Green (San Angelo), 197; Hale (Plainview), 63; and Moore, 76.
Sources: City of Abilene, Texas Department of State Health Services (count PCR cases only)
SELECTED PRISONS (Monday update)
Daniel (Snyder): Staff case – active, 0; Case of detainees – active, 1, medical isolation, 1.
Havins (Brownwood): Staff case – active, 2; Inmates’ case – active, 0, medical isolation, 0.
Middleton (Abilene): Staff case – active, 3; Case of inmates – active, 2, medical isolation, 2.
Robertson (Abilene): Staff case – active, 3; Case of inmates – active, 1, medical isolation, 1.
Sayle (Breckenridge): Staff case – active, 2; Inmates’ case – active, 0; medical isolation, 0.
Wallace (Colorado City): Staff case – active, 5; Case of inmates – active, 7, medical isolation, 7.
Source: Texas Department of Criminal Justice COVID-19 website.
SCHOOLS, COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
Abilene ISD: Three new student cases reported Tuesday. New cases per campus: one each at ATEMS, Craig Middle and Crockett Early Learning Center.
Active cases total 29 (19 students, 10 staff), four fewer than those reported on Monday. As of August 3, the district has reported 1,309 cases (1,062 students, 247 staff).
Wylie ISD: Reported zero new cases on Tuesday, with nine active cases, one less than reported on Monday.
Active cases by campus (eight students, one staff member): one student at East Junior High, one student at West Intermediate, three students and one staff member at West Junior High, and three students at West Elementary.
Christian University of Abilene: Reported zero new cases on Tuesday, with seven active cases, the same number on Monday. Among active cases, 85.7% are not vaccinated. Due to possible exposure, four people are in quarantine. The cumulative cases since August 17 total 196.
Following: COVID-19: Taylor County adds 3 deaths and 61 new cases on Monday
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