DeWitt County reports 25 additional COVID-19 infections and 6 recoveries

DEWITT COUNTY, Texas- County health officials report that six (6) county residents previously diagnosed with COVID-19 have recovered from the illness. There are twenty-five (25) additional (confirmed) cases of the novel coronavirus. The death toll stands at thirty-one (31).

Seventeen (17) patients reported today live in the Cuero zip code. Eight (8) patients live in Yorktown 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 800 cases have been diagnosed in DeWitt County since Governor Greg Abbott declared a state of emergency on March 13, 2020. Currently, eighty-two (82) cases are considered active. Of the total, seventy-five (75) individuals are isolating at home. Seven (7) are considered inpatients of medical facilities. Six hundred eighty-seven (687) 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 254 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 58,592 cases have been confirmed since tracking began. The latest report issued by the agency indicates that the region has 5,313 active cases. The agency also reports 1,285 deaths of COVID-19 infected patients in the region, but does not distinguish whether the individuals had comorbidities. Based on the current information 2 percent have died after contracting the virus. Information about the number of recovered patients is unavailable in this report. Regional information is current through August 27, 2020.

Approximately 64 percent of the confirmed cases and approximately 58 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