Kerr County has once again turned its course in how it reports the number of positive or active coronavirus cases. The move finally revealed the true number of people who have been infected since the start of the pandemic – at least 875.
In turn, the change in reporting from “being determined” to “active” sent the number of current active cases to 102 in Kerr County.
“To provide the community with a timely and more accurate account of our local COVID-1
Even before the county’s course correction, October proved to be a challenging month for coronavirus confinement, and the virus shows no signs of slowing down. On Friday, Peterson Health announced seven new positive cases, but the disruption caused by the virus is beginning to be felt.
This week, Peterson confirmed 34 positive cases with a positivity rate of 11.8%. This month, 77 people tested positive for the Peterson virus with an overall positivity rate of 8.9%. It’s just Peterson, Thomas’ numbers suggest there are almost 30 cases that are positive from tests outside the hospital.
As of Friday afternoon, two people are hospitalized at Peterson Regional Medical Center.
At least 11 people who tested positive for the virus on Wednesday were from an unidentified nursing home in Kerrville. On Friday, at least one positive test forced Center Point High School to postpone its football game with Harper High School. As the players are exposed, Center Point also moved to lose its next game against Johnson City on October 23rd.
The county and Peterson Health, which tested, have refused to name the nursing home with the 11 new cases. However, this information will eventually be reported to the Texas Department of State Health Services, which is more than two weeks behind releasing data on outbreaks in nursing homes and assisted living centers.
As of Friday, the state had released data through Oct. 2, reporting that there had been six positive cases of patients among the five Kerrville-based nursing homes. The most recent case was at Waterside Nursing Home.
Kerr County’s move now aligns with Peterson Health’s case reporting. The county had stopped counting Peterson cases because it uses fast-performing antigen testing, which is 90% accurate. However, the state was reluctant to count them as active until further investigation. The state has been behind in confirming these cases, leaving a gap in informing the public about the true number of people who tested positive for COVID-19.
“It’s no secret that DSHS is lagging behind in its COVID case investigations, but using the DSHS spreadsheet and the good information I receive every day from Peterson Regional Medical Center’s infection prevention team, I can get a pretty accurate picture of our local case counts, ”said Thomas. “It’s not perfect, but I think it’s the best data we have that enables our local businesses, schools and elected officials to make decisions on how best to mitigate the virus.”
The new number of total cases is divided in this way by the county:
• 102 active cases
• 760 recoveries
• 13 deaths
• 2 people admitted who count as active
Accounting for the number of cases means that Peterson’s total number was 612 positive cases, but it did not include 142 cases that the state had erroneously reported in June and July. The additional 121 cases are outside the Peterson system.
All of this comes as Texas and the United States continue to struggle with a virus that shows no signs of slowing down. Texas reported 5,682 cases on Friday – the most since August 26. 95 new deaths were also reported.
Across the country, new cases a day are on the rise in 44 states with many of the largest increases in the Midwest and Great Plains, where resistance to masks and other precautions has run high and the virus has often been seen as just a metropolitan problem.
Deaths per Today climbs in 30 states.
“I see this as one of the hardest times in the epidemic,” said Dr. Peter Hotez, a specialist in infectious diseases at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas. “The numbers are rising quite fast. We get to see a pretty big epidemic over the northern hemisphere. ”
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government’s leading expert on infectious diseases, said Americans should think hard about whether they will hold Thanksgiving gatherings.
“Everyone has this traditional, emotional, warm feeling of vacation and brings a group of people, friends and family together in the house indoors,” he said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “We really need to be careful this time that each family assesses the risk / benefit of doing so.”