COVID-19: Taylor County adds 72 cases, 175 recoveries Wednesday – Abilene Reporter-News

The Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District reported Wednesday 72 new cases of COVID-19 and 175 recoveries.

Of the new cases, 14 were confirmed with polymerase chain reaction tests.

Active cases total 1,898 (616 PCR cases and 1,282 based on antigen tests). A week ago, active cases numbered 2,215.

Hendrick Health reported Tuesday 81 COVID-19 inpatients at its three hospitals, with 30 in ICU. On Monday, there were 76 total COVID-19 inpatients, including 27 in ICU.  

The breakdown Tuesday by facilities was 68 inpatients at the Abilene hospitals (22 in ICU), and 13 at the Brownwood hospital (eight in ICU). 

Of the 76 Hendrick COVID-19 inpatients, 63 were not fully vaccinated, while 25 of the 27 ICU patients were not fully vaccinated. 

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The percentage of COVID-19 inpatients in the Abilene trauma service area was 10.39% Tuesday, compared to 10.71% Monday and 10.02% Sunday, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services COVID-19 database. 

The 16-county Abilene trauma service area had on Wednesday 99 COVID-19 inpatients, one fewer than Monday, the state reported. All the current inpatients are adults. 

Coronavirus by the numbers

Abilene/Taylor County (updated Wednesday): New cases, 72; PCR cases, 9,263; active PCR cases, 616; total antigen probable cases, 12,626; total active antigen cases, 1,282; total PCR recoveries, 8,459; total antigen recoveries, 11,052; Total deaths, 480.

Texas (updated Wednesday): Total cases, 3,404,816; New cases, 7,466; Active cases (estimated), 214,041; Hospitalized, 7,769; Fatalities, 65,062; New fatalities, 277; Total tests, 42,662,955; Recovered (estimated), 3,786,555.

Big Country estimated active cases (as tracked by the state): Howard, 173; Brown, 162; Jones, 143; Stephens, 113; Scurry, 69; Erath, 53; Nolan, 43; Coke, 35; Callahan, 30; Eastland, 27; Mitchell, 19; Comanche, 18; Coleman, 17; Fisher, 10; Haskell, 6; Runnels, 6; Stonewall, 5; Shackelford, 2; Kent, 1; Knox, 0; and Throckmorton, 0.

Select West Texas counties estimated active cases: Lubbock, 3,569; Randall (Canyon), 1,659; Potter (Amarillo), 1,426; Wichita (Wichita Falls), 1,378; Midland, 1,316; Ector (Odessa), 1,241; Tom Green (San Angelo), 725; Hale (Plainview), 93; Moore, 45.

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

SELECT PRISONS (Tuesday update)

Daniel (Snyder): Staff cases – active, 1. Inmate cases – active, 1, medical isolation, 1. 

Havins (Brownwood): Staff cases – active, 5; Inmate cases – active, 0, medical isolation, 0. 

Middleton (Abilene): Staff cases – active, 1; Inmate cases – active, 129, medical isolation, 129. 

Robertson (Abilene): Staff cases – active, 8; Inmate cases – active, 1, medical isolation, 3. 

Sayle (Breckenridge): Staff cases – active, 4; Inmate cases – active, 105;  medical isolation, 105.

Wallace (Colorado City): Staff cases – active, 2; Inmate cases – active, 0, medical isolation, 0. 

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

SCHOOLS, COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

Abilene ISD: Reported Tuesday 12 new student cases, which is three more new cases than reported Monday. New cases by campus: one student at Cooper High, five students at Ward Elementary, three students at Purcell Elementary, two students at Ortiz Elementary and one student at Long Elementary. 

Active cases total 118 (100 students, 18 staff members). Since June 14, the district has reported 1,014 cases (829 students, 185 staff members).

Wylie ISD: Reported Tuesday four new cases (three students and one staff member), for a total of 30 active cases. That is one more active case than reported Monday.

Active cases by campus: two students at West Junior High, one student at West Intermediate, one student at West Early Childhood, one student and one staff member at East Junior High, three students at East Elementary, one student and one staff member at West Elementary and 18 students and one staff member at Wylie High. 

Abilene Christian University: Reported Tuesday three active cases and zero new cases. Three people are in quarantine due to possible exposure. Of the active cases, 66.7% were unvaccinated. Cumulative cases since Aug. 17 total 149.

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