DeWitt County OEM audits previous COVID-19 reports and reports two additional deaths
DEWITT COUNTY, Texas- De Witt County health officials conducted an audit of the accumulated COVID-19 statistics and have determined a need to amend previous totals, a press release from the De Witt County Office of Emergency Management states.
Twenty-nine cases are being removed because they are duplicate entries. Eight cases are being removed because DeWitt County was not the county of residence for the infected person. The following table is a correct and up-to-date accounting of the total number of COVID-19 cases and the distribution of cases throughout the county.
Table 1 includes nine new cases being reported today. Two additional people are counted as recovered, and there are two additional deaths reported. Of the fifty-four current infections, forty-nine are recovering at home and six are in a medical facility. A database maintained by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) indicates that 21 of the 48 deaths in DeWitt County were elderly individuals living in long-term care facilities. Many of them may have had compromised immune systems or co-morbidities.
Although the active case count in DeWitt County has escalated recently, the statistical proportion of total active cases is less than one-half of one percent (.0026) of the total county population. Expressed another way, there is one active case per 385 county residents.
Throughout DSHS Region 8 which covers 28 counties east and west of San Antonio and includes an estimated population of 3.1 million people, a total of 71,338 cases have been confirmed since tracking began. The latest report issued by the agency indicates that the region has 4,268 active cases. The agency also reports 1,758 deaths of COVID-19 infected patients in the region, but does not distinguish whether the individuals had comorbidities. Based on the current information, approximately 2.4 percent of those infected have died after contracting the virus. Information about the number of recovered patients is unavailable in this report. Regional information is current through September 24, 2020.
Approximately 61 percent of the confirmed cases and approximately 61 percent of the deaths attributable to COVID-19 have occurred in Bexar County where the county judge has issued an executive order requiring retail business employees and customers to wear face masks when social distancing is not possible.
In an effort to slow the spread of this infectious disease, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has issued Executive Orders during this period of emergency. His latest executive order continues to expand occupancy limits in certain businesses in Texas, as well as, open medical facilities for elective surgery and allow visitation at nursing homes in regions where hospitalization of COVID-19 patients is below a recommended ceiling. The Trauma Service Area (TSA) which includes Victoria and DeWitt Counties is above the ceiling and ineligible for further economic expansion at this present time. The list of trauma service areas can be obtained here.
The county judge and emergency management personnel are communicating daily with state officials and regional leaders about the spread of the COVID-19 virus and referring callers to the official websites of the Centers for Disease Control and the Texas Department of State Health Services. These websites are great resources for the general public according to Judge Fowler.
The public can find up-to-date coronavirus information at the Texas Department for State Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control at and DeWitt County at and on the Facebook Page of DeWitt County Office of Emergency Management. The governor’s office is also providing information and links to the Executive Orders through the website.