Kerr County reverses course on case count; True numbers emerge on 875 people. Publicity


Kerr County has once again reversed course on how it reports the number of positive or active coronavirus cases. The move finally revealed the exact number of people infected since the onset of the epidemic – at least 875.

In turn, the change in reporting from “active” to “active” increased the number of current active cases in Career County to 102.

Kerr County Emergency Management Coordinator WB “Dub” Thomas said, “In the interest of giving the community a timely and more accurate account of our local COVID-19 numbers, those TBD numbers will be added to the active count every day.”

Even before the county’s course reform, October was proving to be a challenging month for coronovirus control, and the virus shows no signs of slowing down. On Friday, Peterson Health announced seven new positive cases, but the disruption caused by the virus is being felt.

This week, Peterson has confirmed 34 positive cases with a positivity of 11.8%. For the month, 77 people have tested positive for the virus at Peterson, with an overall positivity of 8.9%. It’s just Peterson, Thomas’s numbers show that there are about 30 cases that are positive from testing outside the hospital.

As of Friday afternoon, two people are hospitalized at Peterson Regional Medical Center.

At least 11 people who tested positive for the virus on Wednesday were from an undisclosed nursing home in Kerrville. On Friday, at least one positive test forced Center Point High School to postpone its football game with Harper High School. After the players were exposed, Center Point halted their next game against Johnson City on 23 October.

The county and Peterson Health, which conducted the trial, have refused to name the nursing home with 11 new cases. However, that information would eventually be reported to the Texas State Department of State Health Services, which is more than two weeks into releasing data about outbreaks in nursing homes and assisted living centers.

As of Friday, the state had released data through October 2 and reported that there were six positive cases with patients at five Kerrville-based nursing homes. The most recent case was of a WhatsApp nursing home.

Local data

The Kerr County move now more closely aligns it with Peterson Health’s reporting of cases. The county had stopped counting the Peterson cases because it uses a rapid-results antigen test, which is 90% accurate. However, the state was reluctant to count active people until further investigation. The state is backlogged on verifying those cases, leaving a gap in stating the exact number of people who tested positive for COVID-19.

“It is no secret that DSHS lags behind in its investigation of COVID cases, but using the DSHS spreadsheet and the good information I receive every day from the infection prevention team at Peterson Regional Medical Center, I I can get a very accurate picture of our local case count, ”Thomas said. “It’s not perfect, but I think we have the best data that will allow our local businesses, schools and elected officials to make the best decision to mitigate the virus.”

The new number of total cases is broken down by county in this way:

• 102 active cases

• 760 recovery

• 13 deaths

• 2 people hospitalized who are active

Accounting for the number of cases means that Peterson had a total of 612 positive cases, but did not include the 142 cases that the state incorrectly recorded in June and July. An additional 121 cases are outside the Peterson system.

Big picture

It all comes as Texas and America continue to wrestle with a virus that shows no signs of slowing down. Texas reported 5,682 cases on Friday – the highest since August 26. There were also 95 new deaths.

Across the country, new cases are increasing daily in 44 states, with many of the largest surges in the Midwest and Great Plains, where resistance to masks and other precautions is rampant, and the virus has often been seen in a large city. Problem.

Deaths are occurring every day in 30 states.

“I see it as one of the hardest times in the epidemic,” said Dr. Infectious Disease Specialist at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas. Peter Hotez said. “The number is growing very fast. We are going to see a huge epidemic in the Northern Hemisphere. “

The US government’s top infectious disease specialist, Dr. Anthony Fauci said, Americans should think hard about whether to hold Thanksgiving gatherings.

On ABC’s “Good Morning America” ​​he said, “It’s about the holidays to be traditional, emotional, warm-hearted and to bring a group of people, friends and family together.” “We really have to be careful this time that each individual family evaluates the risk-benefit of doing so.”

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