Wichita County broke its record for the number of new cases of COVID-19 this week. The total for the week was 2,728 with 569 new cases added on Friday alone.
Also striking is the rise in the positivity rate among those tested to 55 percent. United Regional Health Care reported a crush of people coming for tests. The hospital has testing lines at its facility on Barnett Road and at the J.S. Bridwell Center at the MPEC complex. United Regional asked residents not to come to its emergency room for testing.
Eight county residents died during the course of the week as a result of the virus. Three of the deaths were people in their 50s, three in their 60s, one in their 70s and one in their 80s. Three of the patients who died had been vaccinated. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the virus has killed 506 county residents by the county's count.
A total of 81 people were hospitalized during the week with 78 percent not being vaccinated. There were 597 vaccine breakthrough cases this week, that is, people getting the virus despite being vaccinated.
This article originally appeared on Wichita Falls Times Record News: COVID-19 numbers break county's previous records