DeWitt County OEM reports 13 new cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths

16 individuals have recovered, the OEM reports

DEWITT COUNTY, Texas- DeWitt County health officials report that there are thirteen additional (confirmed) cases of the novel coronavirus. Sixteen additional individuals have recovered. Two additional county residents have died. The death toll stands at forty-six. The official number of deaths is subject to an internal audit and may be corrected on a future report.

Seven new cases are reported in the Cuero zip code. Two new patients live in the Yoakum zip code. Four new patients live in the Yorktown zip code. The county does not release demographic information that might lead to the identification of infected individuals.

A total of 936 cases have been diagnosed in DeWitt County since Governor Greg Abbott declared a state of emergency on March 13, 2020. Currently, fifty cases are considered active. Of the total, forty-two individuals are isolating at home. Eight are considered inpatients of medical facilities. Eight hundred forty 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 (.0024) of the total county population. Expressed another way, there is one active case per 416 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 70,858 cases have been confirmed since tracking began. The latest report issued by the agency indicates that the region has 4,417 active cases. The agency also reports 1,749 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 22, 2020.

Approximately 70 percent of the confirmed cases and approximately 60 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 at www.dshs.texas.gov/ga3031.

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.