DeWitt County OEM reports three new confirmed cases of COVID-19

Eight newly recovered individuals reported

DEWITT COUNTY, Texas- DeWitt County health officials report that there are three additional (confirmed) cases of the novel coronavirus. All three individuals are located in the Yorktown zip code. Eight additional individuals have recovered. The county does not release demographic information that might lead to the identification of infected individuals.

Two additional county residents have died. One of the victims tested positive in July and had been reclassified as recovered in early August. The other victim tested positive in August and was reclassified as recovered by September 9th . Due to the fact that neither victim survived beyond 90 days, the DSHS protocols require the victims to be recorded as having died from COVID-19. The death toll stands at fifty. The official number of deaths is subject to an internal audit and may be corrected on a future report.

On September 25, the county removed 37 individuals from the case count due to duplication and inadvertent attachment to DeWitt County by the DSHS. Therefore, a total of 911 cases have been diagnosed in DeWitt County since Governor Greg Abbott declared a state of emergency on March 13, 2020. Currently, forty-seven cases are considered active. Of the total, forty-one individuals are isolating at home. Six are considered inpatients of medical facilities. Following the recent audit, the county believes the number of recoveries stands at eight hundred fourteen.

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.

Source: DeWitt County Office of Emergency Management