Kerr County has once again turned the course in the way it reports 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” led to an increase in the number of currently active cases to 102 in Kerr County.
“In the interest of providing the community with timely and more accurate reporting of our local COVID-1
Even before the correction of the rate in the county, October proved to be a challenging month to curb the coronavirus and the virus showed no signs of slowing down. On Friday, Peterson Health announced seven new positive cases, but the outage caused by the virus is beginning to be felt.
This week, Peterson confirmed 34 positive cases with a positivity rate of 11.8%. For the month, 77 people tested positive for the virus in Peterson with an overall positivity rate of 8.9%. It’s just Peterson, Thomas’s figures suggest there are nearly 30 cases that are positive from out-of-hospital tests.
As of Friday afternoon, two people have been hospitalized at the Peterson Regional Medical Center.
At least 11 people who tested positive for the virus on Wednesday were from an unidentified 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 gave up their next game against Johnson City on October 23.
The county and Peterson Health, which did the testing, declined to name the nursing home with the 11 new cases. However, this information will eventually be communicated to the Texas Department of Health, which is more than two weeks behind in publishing data on outbreaks in nursing homes and life support centers.
As of Friday, the state released data by Oct. 2 and said there had been six positive cases of patients among the five nursing homes based in Kerrville. The most recent case was in nursing homes by the water.
Kerr County’s move now brings it more in line with Peterson Health case reports. The county had stopped counting Peterson’s cases because it used 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 have tested positive for COVID-19.
“It’s no secret that DSHS is lagging behind in its investigations into COVID cases, but using the DSHS spreadsheet and the good information I get every day from the Infection Prevention Team at Peterson Regional Medical Center, I can get a pretty accurate picture of the number. of local cases, ‘said Thomas. “It’s not perfect, but I think the best data we have will allow local businesses, schools and selected employees to decide how best to mitigate the virus.”
The new number of general cases is broken down in this way by the county:
• 102 active cases
• 760 recoveries
• 13 deaths
• 2 people hospitalized, who are considered active
Counting the number of cases means that Peterson’s total number is 612 positive cases, but does not include 142 cases that the state reported incorrectly in June and July. An additional 121 cases are outside the Peterson system.
All of this is coming as Texas and the United States continue to fight a virus that shows no signs of slowing down. Texas reported 5,682 cases on Friday, the most since Aug. 26. 95 new deaths have also been reported.
Across the country, new cases are increasing daily in 44 states, with many of the biggest jumps in the Midwest and Great Plains, where resistance to masks and other precautions is growing, and the virus is often seen as just a major urban problem.
Deaths a day are rising in 30 states.
“I see this as one of the most difficult times in the epidemic,” said Dr. Peter Hottes, an infectious disease specialist at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas. “The numbers are going up pretty fast. We will see a fairly large epidemic in the Northern Hemisphere. “
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government’s top infectious disease expert, said Americans should think carefully about holding Thanksgiving gatherings.
“Everyone has this traditional, emotional, warm feeling about the holidays and gathering a group of people, friends and family indoors,” he told ABC’s Good Morning America. “We really need to be careful this time that each individual family evaluates the risks and benefits of this.”