Taylor County adds 1 death Thursday; declining active cases
The Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District reported one death from COVID-19 and 54 new cases on Thursday.
Taylor County’s total death toll from the coronavirus is 468, including 34 in September.
Of the 54 new cases, 15 are based on polymerase chain reaction tests.
Active cases total 2,470 (679 PCR cases and 1,791 antigen cases), down from 2,596 reported a week ago.
The percentage of COVID-19 hospital patients in the Abilene trauma ward area was 13.37% on Wednesday, compared to 14.49% on Tuesday and 16.79% on Monday, according to the Department’s COVID-19 database. ‘State of Texas.
The Abilene trauma service area in the 16 counties had 127 COVID-19 hospital patients on Thursday, up from 139 on Wednesday. All of the hospital patients were adults, according to the state’s website.
The coronavirus in figures
Abilene / Taylor County (updated Thursday): New cases, 54; PCR cases, 8,996; active PCR cases, 679; total probable antigen cases, 12,084; total cases of active antigen, 1,791; total PCR recoveries, 8,131; total antigen recoveries, 10,011; Total number of deaths, 468.
Texas (updated Thursday): Total number of cases, 3,318,001; New cases, 8,072; Active cases (estimated), 276,945; Hospitalized, 11,113; Death, 62,033; New deaths, 463; Total tests, 41,209,750; Retrieved (estimated), 3,575,631.
Number of active cases estimated in large countries (followed by state): Brown, 411; Howard, 257; Courage, 175; Nolan, 153; Erath, 121; Stephens, 105; Jones, 49; Mitchell, 47; Coke, 46; Eastland, 39; Comanche, 33 years old; Callahan, 31; Fisherman, 9; Alleyways, 8; Haskell, 7 years old; Throckmorton, 7 years old; Shackelford, 6; Coleman, 3 years old; Kent, 3; Stone wall, 3; and Knox, 1.
Some counties in West Texas have estimated active cases: Lubbock, 5,245; Midland, 2,425; Randall (Canyon), 2,245; Wichita (Wichita Falls), 2,114; Ector (Odessa), 2004; Potter (Amarillo), 1963; Tom Green (San Angelo), 1362; Hale (Plainview), 273; Moore, 69.
Sources: City of Abilene, Texas Department of State Health Services (count PCR cases only)
SELECTED PRISONS (Wednesday update)
Daniel (Snyder): Staff case – active, 0. Case of detainees – active, 1, medical isolation, 3.
Havins (Brownwood): Staff case – active, 3; Case of detainees – active, 0, medical isolation, 0.
Middleton (Abilene): Staff case – active, 2; Case of detainees – active, 21, medical isolation, 21.
Robertson (Abilene): Staff case – active, 2; Case of detainees – active, 2, medical isolation, 2.
Sayle (Breckenridge): Staff case – active, 4; Case of detainees – active, 89; medical isolation, 97.
Wallace (Colorado City): Staff case – active, 2; Case of detainees – active, 0, medical isolation, 0.
Source: Texas Department of Criminal Justice COVID-19 website.
SCHOOLS, COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
Abilene ISD: Computer problems prevented an update of the district’s COVID-19 dashboard on Wednesday.
Wylie ISD: Four new student cases reported Thursday, for a total of 52 active cases. That’s less than the 55 reported on Wednesday.
Active cases by campus: one staff member at West Elementary, one student at West Intermediate, one staff member at West Early Childhood, 14 students and one staff member at Wylie High, 10 students and one staff member at West Junior High , seven students and three staff at East Junior High and eight students and five staff at East Elementary.
Christian University of Abilene: No new cases reported Thursday, with five active cases, compared to eight active cases Wednesday. There are 19 people in quarantine due to possible exposure. Of the active cases, 60% were not vaccinated. The cumulative cases since August 17 total 143.
McMurry University: Reported three new cases Wednesday (two students and one staff member). There are 14 active cases, with a total of 67 cases in the fall semester.
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