Taylor County adds two deaths, 36 cases on Thursday
The Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District reported two COVID-19-related deaths, 36 new cases and 46 recoveries on Thursday.
The two deaths bring the county’s total coronavirus-related deaths to 517, six of which were reported in November.
Of the 36 new cases, six were confirmed by polymerase chain reaction tests.
The active cases total 767 (229 PCR cases and 538 based on antigenic tests). A week ago, there were 934 active cases.
Hendrick Health reported 36 COVID-19 hospital patients at its three facilities on Thursday, including 13 in intensive care. As of Wednesday, there were 44 COVID-19, including 16 in intensive care.
The breakdown by facility Thursday was 33 inpatients in Abilene hospitals (11 in intensive care) and three in Brownwood hospital (two in intensive care).
Of the 36 Hendrick COVID-19 hospital patients, 30 were not fully immunized, while 12 of the 13 intensive care patients were not fully immunized.
The percentage of COVID-19 hospital patients in the Abilene trauma ward area in the 16 counties was 4.86% of total capacity on Tuesday, compared to 5.10% on Monday and 5.03% on Sunday , according to the Texas State Department’s COVID-19 database.
The Abilene trauma service area had 46 COVID-19 hospital patients on Wednesday, one fewer than Tuesday.
The coronavirus in figures
Abilene / Taylor County (updated Thursday): New cases, 36; PCR cases, 9,632; active PCR cases, 229; total probable antigen cases, 13,353; total cases of active antigen, 538; total recoveries by PCR, 9,207; total antigen recoveries, 12,494; Total deaths, 517.
Texas (updated Thursday): Total number of cases, 3,522,412; New cases, 2,572; Active cases (estimated), 84,100; Hospitalized, 3,100; Death, 70,432; New deaths, 139; Total tests, 45,457,641; Retrieved (estimated), 4,073,598.
Number of active cases estimated in large countries (followed by state): Jones, 176; Brown, 65 years old; Howard, 56; Stephens, 34; Mitchell, 24; Erath, 21; Courage, 20; Callahan, 15; Nolan, 15; Coleman, 11; Knox, 8; Shackelford, 7; Haskell, 7 years old; Coke, 6; Comanche, 5; Eastland, 5; Fisherman, 2; Channels, 1; Throckmorton, 1; Stone wall, 1; and Kent, 0.
Some counties in West Texas have estimated active cases: Randall (Canyon), 1,040; Potter (Amarillo), 895; Lubbock, 777; Midland, 544; Ector (Odessa), 388; Wichita (Wichita Falls), 381; Tom Green (San Angelo), 163; Hale (Plainview), 57; and Moore, 45.
Sources: City of Abilene, Texas Department of State Health Services (count PCR cases only) San Angelo Standard-Times
SELECTED PRISONS (Wednesday update)
Daniel (Snyder): Staff case – active, 0; Case of detainees – active, 2, medical isolation, 2.
Havins (Brownwood): Staff case – active, 3; Case of detainees – active, 0, medical isolation, 0.
Middleton (Abilene): Staff case – active, 6; Case of detainees – active, 155, medical isolation, 155.
Robertson (Abilene): Staff case – active, 4; Case of detainees – active, 3, medical isolation, 5.
Sayle (Breckenridge): Staff case – active, 2; Case of detainees – active, 18; medical isolation, 18.
Wallace (Colorado City): Staff case – active, 4; Case of detainees – active, 0, medical isolation, 0.
Source: Texas Department of Criminal Justice COVID-19 website.
SCHOOLS, COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
Abilene ISD: Reported Thursday two new cases (both students). New cases per campus: one student at Dyess elementary and one student at Long elementary.
Active cases total 35 (31 students, four staff), up from 40 on Tuesday. As of August 3, the district has reported 1,203 cases (978 students, 225 staff).
Wylie ISD: Two new student cases reported Thursday. Active cases total 22 (21 students, one staff member), two more than Wednesday.
Active cases by campus: two students at East Elementary, one student and staff member at West Junior High, four students at Wylie High, five students at East Junior High, three students at West Elementary, and six students at West Intermediate.
Christian University of Abilene: One new case reported Thursday, for a total of four active cases, one more than Wednesday. Four people are in quarantine due to possible exposure. Among active cases, 75% are not vaccinated. The cumulative cases since August 17 total 163.
McMurry University: One new student case reported Wednesday, for a total of three active cases. The cumulative cases since August 1 total 85.
Following: COVID-19: Taylor County adds 3 deaths on Wednesday; active cases continue to decline
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