County COVID numbers drop

Statewide virus cases rising rapidly

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Austin County continues to defy the odds with low pandemic numbers even as cases continue to spike across the state.

“According to the DSHS (Texas Department of State Health Services) website, we are still showing seven active cases,” County Judge Tim Lapham said in his report Monday. “I know the information is behind because there are other cases in Austin County I have heard about. Keep up the precautions you have been taking with an emphasis on social distancing.”

The number of cases is down from last week by three. There are 10 fatalities from the virus reported so far. There have been 525 total cases reported in the county, 11 in the past 14 days as of Tuesday.

According to the Texas Tribune, which maintains daily statistics on the virus, the average number of new cases statewide increased by 1,088 cases compared with the seven-day average a week earlier. On Nov. 9, 3,816 new cases were reported.

Hospitalizations increased by 333 patients compared with a week ago. As of Nov. 9, 6,103 Texans are hospitalized for the coronavirus. Average new deaths increased by 13 deaths compared with the seven-day average a week ago. On Nov. 9, 26 new deaths were reported.

“Since the beginning of October, the seven-day average of new cases has more than doubled and COVID-19 hospitalizations have increased by 90%,” the Tribune said. “The latest surge has also been felt acutely in El Paso, Lubbock and Amarillo and has left nearby smaller rural hospitals unable to transfer their most gravely ill patients to receive higher levels of care.

“Experts blame social events like birthday parties and game day gatherings, and they say widespread fatigue has hastened viral transmission as fewer people are following guidelines like wearing masks and staying home.”

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