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COVID-19: Taylor County reports 1 death, 5 cases Thursday



ABILENE, TX – The Abilene Taylor County Public Health District reported Thursday one new death linked to COVID-19, the 399th in the county since the pandemic began.

The deceased was a woman in her 80s, health officials said.

The district also reported five new cases of the disease Thursday, all based on antigen testing, as well as four additional recoveries.

Active cases as of Thursday total 147 (based on 53 polymerase chain reaction tests and 94 antigen tests), one more than reported Wednesday.

COVID-19 inpatients at Abilene hospitals total 11, one fewer than reported Wednesday, city officials said. The average age of the inpatients is 62, and four live outside Taylor County.

Coronavirus by the numbers

Abilene/Taylor County (updated Thursday): Total positive PCR cases, 7,159; active PCR cases, 53; total antigen probable cases, 8,328; total active antigen cases, 94; total PCR recoveries, 6,938; total antigen recoveries, 8,003; Total deaths, 399; Current hospitalizations at Abilene facilities (as reported by city, which may vary from Hendrick number depending on time of day), 11.

Texas (updated Thursday): Total cases, 2,434,200; New cases, 2,770; Active cases (estimated), 64,360; Hospitalized, 2,931; Fatalities, 48,425; New fatalities, 84; Total tests, 26,794,446; Recovered (estimated), 2,695,504.

Big Country estimated active cases (as tracked by the state): Scurry, 48; Howard, 42; Jones, 37; Erath, 11; Coke, 10; Brown, 3; Shackelford, 3; Comanche, 2; Callahan, 2; Mitchell, 2; Fisher, 2; Coleman, 1; Eastland, 1; Nolan, 0; Stephens, 0; Haskell, 0; Kent, 0; Knox, 0; Runnels, 0; Stonewall, 0; Throckmorton, 0.

Select West Texas counties estimated active cases: Midland, 260; Ector (Odessa), 242; Tom Green (San Angelo), 91; Randall (Canyon), 135; Lubbock, 110; Potter (Amarillo), 102; Wichita (Wichita Falls), 38; Moore, 27; and Hale (Plainview), 6.

Sources: City of Abilene, Texas Department of State Health Services (counts PCR cases only) San Angelo Standard-Times

SELECT PRISONS (Wednesday update)

Daniel (Snyder): Staff cases – active, 2. Inmate cases – active, 40, medical isolation, 40.

Havins (Brownwood): Staff cases – active, 0; Inmate cases – active, 26, medical isolation, 27.

Middleton (Abilene): Staff cases – active, 4; Inmate cases – active, 32, medical isolation, 32.

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

Sayle (Breckenridge): Staff cases – active, 1; Inmate cases – active, 0,  medical isolation, 0.

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

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


Abilene ISD: Reported Wednesday four new student cases: two at Abilene High, one at ATEMS and one at Cooper High. Active cases total 12 (nine students, three staff). Since Aug. 17, the district has reported 1,132 cases (572 students, 560 staff).

Wylie ISD: Reported Wednesday two active cases, the same number reported Tuesday. Cases by campus: one at Wylie High and one at East Elementary.

Abilene Christian University: Reported Wednesday two active cases, the same as Tuesday, and five people in quarantine because of possible exposure. The cumulative number of cases is 773.

McMurry University: Reported Wednesday one new staff case. The university has three active cases, and confirmed cases in the spring semester total 51.