COVID-19 Tuesday update: Taylor County sees spike in new cases

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The Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District reported Monday 268 new cases of COVID-19 and 78 recoveries.

Active cases jumped to 1,279 Monday, compared to 1,089 on Friday and 784 a week ago.

Of the 268 new cases, 111 were confirmed via polymerase chain reaction tests.

Hendrick Medical Center reported Monday 50 COVID-19 inpatients, with nine in ICU. That compares to 40 COVID-19 inpatients on Friday, including eight in ICU.

The breakdown by facilities was 44 inpatients at the Abilene hospitals (six in ICU), and six inpatients (three in ICU) at the Brownwood hospital.

Of the 50 Hendrick COVID-19 inpatients, 37 were not fully vaccinated.

The percentage of COVID-19 inpatients in the 16-county Abilene trauma service area was 6.94% of total capacity Monday, compared to 6.48% Sunday and 5.05% Saturday, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services COVID-19 database.

Abilene Independent School District reported Monday 52 new COVID-19 cases (11 students, 41 staff members) to start the new year. Total number of cases in the district since the 2021-22 school year started is 1,392, which is higher than last year for the same time period.

On Jan. 7, 2021, a couple of days after students returned to school following Christmas 2020 break, the district had 109 active cases (41 students, 68 staff members), but a total of 880 cases since the 2020-21 school year began, according to Reporter-News files.

Coronavirus by the numbers

Abilene/Taylor County (updated Monday): New cases, 268; PCR cases, 10,243; active PCR cases, 353; total antigen probable cases, 14,833; total active antigen cases, 926; total PCR recoveries, 9,686; total antigen recoveries, 13,537; Total deaths, 574.

Texas (updated Tuesday): Total cases, 3,978,101; New cases, 44,431; Active cases (estimated), 374,020; Hospitalized, 7,460; Fatalities, 74,796; New fatalities, 60; Total tests, 51,552,112; Recovered (estimated), 4,339,018.

Big Country estimated active cases (as tracked by the state): Erath, 245; Brown, 234; Scurry, 203; Howard, 124; Callahan, 111; Jones, 100; Eastland, 96; Comanche, 63; Stephens, 62; Runnels, 50; Coleman, 43; Mitchell, 33; Coke, 31; Haskell, 18; Nolan, 18; Knox, 16; Shackelford, 15; Throckmorton, 15; Kent, 12; Fisher, 10; and Stonewall, 4.

Select West Texas counties estimated active cases: Lubbock, 4,766; Ector (Odessa), 1,362; Tom Green (San Angelo), 1,218; Potter (Amarillo), 1,117; Midland, 976; Randall (Canyon), 966;Wichita (Wichita Falls), 858; Hale (Plainview), 249; and Moore, 102.

Sources: City of Abilene, Texas Department of State Health Services (counts PCR cases only)

SELECT PRISONS (Monday update)

Daniel (Snyder): Staff cases – active, 0; Inmate cases – active, 0, medical isolation, 0.

Havins (Brownwood): Staff cases – active, 0; Inmate cases – active, 0, medical isolation, 0.

Middleton (Abilene): Staff cases – active, 12; Inmate cases – active, 5, medical isolation, 5.

Robertson (Abilene): Staff cases – active, 14; Inmate cases – active, 1, medical isolation, 1.

Sayle (Breckenridge): Staff cases – active, 7; Inmate cases – active, 1; medical isolation, 2.

Wallace (Colorado City): Staff cases – active, 0; Inmate cases – active, 5, medical isolation, 6.

Source: Texas Department of Criminal Justice COVID-19 website.

SCHOOLS, COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

Abilene ISD: Reported Monday 52 new cases (11 students, 41 staff members) since Dec. 17.

Active cases total 85 (35 students, 50 staff members), compared to 34 on the last day of class in December before Christmas break. Since Aug. 3, the district has reported 1,392 cases (1,096 students, 296 staff members).

Wylie ISD: Reported Tuesday three new student cases, with nine active cases total – all students.

Active cases by campus: three at East Elementary and six at Wylie High.

More: COVID-19: Number of new cases in Texas jumps Monday, partly due to backlog

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