Taylor County adds 4 deaths on Monday, pandemic total at 499
The Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District reported four COVID-19-related deaths, 59 new cases and 137 recoveries on Monday.
The county’s total death toll from the coronavirus is 499, including 25 in October.
Of the 59 new cases, 13 were confirmed by polymerase chain reaction tests.
The active cases total 1315 (424 PCR cases and 891 cases based on antigenic tests). Active cases were 1,622 a week ago and 2,099 on October 1.
Hendrick Health reported 68 COVID-19 hospital patients at its three hospitals on Monday, including 22 in intensive care.
The breakdown by facility Monday was 61 inpatients in Abilene hospitals (19 in intensive care) and seven in Brownwood Hospital (three in intensive care).
Of the 68 Hendrick COVID-19 hospital patients, 59 were not fully immunized, while 20 of the 22 intensive care patients were not fully immunized.
The percentage of COVID-19 inpatients in the Abilene trauma ward area was 9.03% of total hospital capacity on Sunday, up from 9.15% on Saturday and 9.14% on Friday, according to the COVID database -19 from the Texas State Department.
The Abilene trauma service area in the 16 counties had 83 COVID-19 hospital patients on Monday, the state reported.
Texas COVID-19 hospitalizations fell to 4,950, the state reported Monday, falling below 5,000 for the first time since July 26.
In the latest increase, hospitalizations peaked on August 25 at 13,932, which is lower than the record high of 14,218 on January 11, according to the state’s COVID-19 database.
Brown County adds 3 deaths, 33 new cases
BROWNWOOD – Brown County health officials reported three COVID-19-related deaths on Friday, but a drop in new cases for the fifth week in a row.
The deceased are a woman in her sixties, a man in her sixties and a woman in her sixties. None have resided in nursing homes.
A total of 182 deaths in the county have been linked to the coronavirus and the average age of those who died is 66.
For the week ending October 15, the county reported 33 new cases of COVID-19. This is a drop from 68 the week before and the peak of 378 on September 10 in the last hike.
The county also reported five COVID-19-related hospitalizations and 55 active cases on Friday. The previous week there had been seven hospitalizations and 101 active cases.
The percentage of county residents aged 12 and over who are fully immunized is 41.61%, up from 41.15% the week before.
The current totals for COVID-19 testing in Brown County as of Friday were:
- Positive total: 6,934
- Negative total: 9,806
- Confirmed cases by PCR test: 3,248
- Cases confirmed by antigen test: 3,686
- Deaths: 182
- Average age of the deceased: 66 years old
- Recovered: 6,697
The coronavirus in figures
Abilene / Taylor County (updated Monday): New cases, 59; PCR cases, 9,473; active PCR cases, 424; total probable antigen cases, 13,038; total cases of active antigen, 891; total PCR recoveries, 8,859; total antigen recoveries, 11,838; Total number of deaths, 499.
Texas (updated Monday): Total number of cases, 3,468,881; New cases, 1,870; Active cases (estimated), 140,428; Hospitalized, 4,950; Death, 67,847; New deaths, 35; Total tests, 43,994,564; Retrieved (estimated), 3,942,923.
Number of active cases estimated in large countries (followed by state): Jones, 148; Stephens, 103; Howard, 100 years old; Brown, 55 years old; Courage, 51; Nolan, 38; Erath, 30 years old; Callahan, 20; Eastland, 20; Coca, 19 years old; Coleman, 16; Comanche, 13 years old; Mitchell, 13; Knox, 7; Alleyways, 6; Shackelford, 6; Haskell, 5; Fisherman, 4; Kent, 1; Stone wall, 0; and Throckmorton, 0.
Some counties in West Texas have estimated active cases: Lubbock, 1,666; Randall (Canyon), 1,255; Potter (Amarillo), 1108; Midland, 891; Wichita (Wichita Falls), 790; Ector (Odessa), 663; Tom Green (San Angelo), 335; Hale (Plainview), 106; Moore, 84.
Sources: City of Abilene, Texas Department of State Health Services (count PCR cases only)
SCHOOLS, COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
Abilene ISD: Reported Monday 21 new cases (16 students, five staff). New cases per campus: Seven students at Abilene High, one student at Woodson, three students and one staff member at Craig Middle, three students and one staff member at Madison Middle, one student at Alcorta Elementary, one student at Ward Elementary, one staff member at Abilene High, one staff member at Bowie Elementary and one staff member at Taylor Elementary.
Active cases fell to 76 (53 students, 23 staff). As of August 3, the district has reported 1,123 cases (911 students, 212 staff).
Wylie ISD: Reported four new cases on Monday (three students, one staff member), for a total of 11 active cases.
Active cases by campus: two students at Wylie High, one student at West Early Childhood, one student and staff member at East Junior High, two students and two staff at East Elementary, and two students at West Intermediate.
Christian University of Abilene: One new case reported Monday, with five active cases. Six people are in quarantine due to possible exposure. Among active cases, 20% are not vaccinated. The cumulative cases since August 17 total 155.
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