DeWitt County OEM reports 10 new COVID-19 cases, and three additional deaths

Nineteen additional individuals have recovered

DEWITT COUNTY, Texas- DeWitt County health officials report that there are ten additional (confirmed) cases of the novel coronavirus. Nineteen additional individuals have recovered. Three additional death is confirmed, but it is unknown if the individual had pre-existing health conditions.

The death toll stands at forty-one. Four patients reported today live in the Cuero zip code. Three patients live in the Yorktown zip code. Two live in the Yoakum zip code. One patient lives in Nordheim zip code.

Due to privacy concerns, the county will no longer release demographic information that might lead to the identification of infected individuals. A total of 887 cases have been diagnosed in DeWitt County since Governor Greg Abbott declared a state of emergency on March 13, 2020.

Currently, sixty-eight cases are considered active. Of the total, fifty-five individuals are isolating at home. Thirteen are considered inpatients of medical facilities. Seven hundred seventy-eight have recovered. 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 (.003) of the total county population. Expressed another way, there is one active case per 297 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 62,021 cases have been confirmed since tracking began. The latest report issued by the agency indicates that the region has 4,729 active cases. The agency also reports 1,594 deaths of COVID-19 infected patients in the region, but does not distinguish whether the individuals had comorbidities. Based on the current information 2.5 percent have died after contracting the virus. Information about the number of recovered patients is unavailable in this report. Regional information is current through September 10, 2020.

Approximately 63 percent of the confirmed cases and approximately 62 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 is a mandate to wear facial coverings in public places where social distancing cannot be accomplished. The Executive Order imposes a monetary fine on violators. The Cuero city council rescinded its mandatory face mask order during its meeting on July 13, 2020.

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.

Source: DeWitt County Office of Emergency Management

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