DeWitt County reports 26 new cases of COVID-19

A total of 96 cases

DEWITT COUNTY, Texas- County health officials are reporting 26 new cases of coronavirus.

All of the infections are attributable to community spread, including places of work, or household contagion. Eleven live in the Cuero zip code. Eight live in the Yoakum zip code. Seven live in the Yorktown zip code.

Due to privacy concerns the county will no longer release demographic information that might lead to the identification of a person infected with the coronavirus. A total of 96 cases have been diagnosed in DeWitt County since Governor Greg Abbott declared a state of emergency on March 13, 2020.

Forty-two (42) individuals, including these diagnosed cases, are isolating at home. Eight (8) are considered inpatients of medical facilities. Forty-five (45) have recovered. One death in the county is attributed to COVID-19 infection of an individual with a comorbidity.

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 16,474 cases have been confirmed since tracking began. More than 5,600 of the individuals diagnosed with the coronavirus have recovered. DSHS Region 8 is tracking 858 additional cases that are pending an investigation into the cause of infection. The agency also categorizes “probable” infections. Those numbers are not included in this press release. The agency reports 150 deaths of COVID-19 infected patients in the region, but does not distinguish whether the individuals had comorbidities.

More than 70 percent of the confirmed cases and more than 70 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. 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 (.0023) of the total county population. Expressed another way, there is one active case per 416 county residents. 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 EO imposes a monetary fine on violators. The Cuero city council adopted a mandatory face mask order during its meeting on July 1, 2020 and it is applicable to commercial entities (and patrons) effective 6:00 A.M. on July 3, 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.