Kerr County changed course again, reporting the number of positive or active cases of coronavirus. The move finally revealed the true number of people infected since the start of the pandemic – at least 875.
In turn, the change in reporting from “to be determined” to “active” has led to an increase in the number of cases in the Kerr area to 102.
“In order to provide the community with a timely and accurate report on our local COVID-19 numbers, these TBD numbers will be added to the active count on a daily basis,” said Kerr County Emergency Management Coordinator, World Bank Thomas.
Even before the correction of the course in the district, October was a difficult month to contain the coronavirus, and the virus shows no signs of slowing down. On Friday, Peterson Health announced seven new positive cases, but the damage caused by the virus is beginning to be felt.
This week, Peterson confirmed 34 positive cases with a positivity rate of 11.8%. During the month, 77 people passed a positive test for the virus in Peterson with an overall positivity rate of 8.9%. It’s just Peterson, according to Thomas, there are almost 30 cases that are positive during tests outside the hospital.
As of noon on Friday, two people were hospitalized at the Peterson Regional Medical Center.
At least 11 people who tested positive for the virus on Wednesday were from an unknown 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. As players were exposed, Center Point also moved on to the next game against Johnson City on October 23.
The county and Peterson Health, which conducted the testing, declined to name the nursing home as 11 new cases. However, this information will eventually be passed on to the Texas Department of Health, which is more than two weeks behind in publishing data on outbreaks in nursing homes and care centers.
As of Friday, the state released data by Oct. 2 and reported that among the five nursing homes based in Kerrville, there were six positive cases involving patients. The last case was in a coastal nursing home.
Kerr County’s move now aligns it more closely with Peterson’s case reporting. The district has stopped counting Peterson’s cases because it uses rapid antigen testing, which is 90% accurate. However, the state did not want to consider them active until further investigation. The state has lagged behind in confirming these cases, leaving a gap in informing the public about the true number of people who tested positive for COVID-19.
“It’s no secret that DSHS is lagging behind in investigating COVID cases, but using the DSHS spreadsheet and the good information I get daily from the Peterson Regional Medical Center’s infection prevention team, I can get a fairly accurate picture of our local cases,” said Thomas. . “It’s not perfect, but I think it’s the best data we have that will allow our local businesses, schools and elected officials to decide how best to mitigate the virus.”
The new number of common cases is divided by the district as follows:
• 102 active cases
• 760 withdrawals
• 13 deaths
• 2 hospitalized people who are considered active
Counting the number of cases means that Peterson totaled 612 positive cases, but it did not include 142 cases that were incorrectly reported by the state in June and July. An additional 121 cases are outside the Peterson system.
All of this is happening as Texas and the United States continue to fight the virus, which shows no signs of slowing down. On Friday, Texas reported 5,682 cases, the most since Aug. 26. 95 new deaths were also reported.
Across the country, the number of new cases per day is rising in 44 states, with the largest surges in the Midwest and Great Plains, where resistance to masks and other precautions is increasing, and the virus is often seen as simply a big city problem.
Deaths are rising daily in 30 states.
“I see this as one of the most difficult times of the epidemic,” said Dr. Peter Hotez, an infectious disease specialist at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas. “The numbers are growing pretty fast. We will see a fairly large epidemic throughout the Northern Hemisphere. “
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government’s top infectious disease expert, said Americans should think carefully about holding a Thanksgiving meeting.
“Everyone has a traditional, emotional, warm feeling about the holidays and bringing together a group of people, friends and family indoors,” he said on Good Morning America. “This time, we really need to be careful that each individual family evaluates the risks and benefits.”