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Taylor County adds 4 deaths, 123 cases Wednesday



ABILENE, TX – COVID-19 is connected to 183 deaths in Taylor County since March.

Three of the deceased had preexisting health conditions: a woman in her 80s, a woman in her 70s and a man in his 70s. The fourth deceased is a woman in her 30s with unknown medical predisposition, officials said.

Of the 123 new cases, 69 are based on polymerase chain reaction tests and 54 from antigen tests.

Active cases number 2,368 (1,030 PCR cases and 1,338 antigen cases).

The number of COVID-19 inpatients at Abilene hospitals is 100, which was two more than reported Tuesday by city officials.

Hendrick Health System on Tuesday reported the COVID-19 inpatients number was 15.39% of total hospital beds in Abilene’s trauma service area, remaining higher than 15% for the second day in a row.

The Abilene trauma area previously had inpatient daily rates higher than 15% Dec. 2-18.

Hendrick also reported Tuesday that no ICU beds were available, and that 89 employees were in quarantine, which is six more than reported Tuesday.

Coronavirus by the numbers

Abilene/Taylor County (updated Wednesday): Total positive PCR cases, 4,771; active PCR cases, 1,030; total antigen probable cases, 5,826; total antigen active cases, 1,338; total PCR recoveries, 3,647; total antigen recoveries, 4,399; Total deaths, 183; Current hospitalizations at Abilene facilities (as reported by the city), 100.

Texas (updated Wednesday): Total cases, 1,451,256; New cases, 19,185; Active cases (estimated), 283,588; Hospitalized, 10,574; Fatalities, 25,900; New fatalities, 294; Total tests, 14,728,384; Recovered (estimated), 1,311,851.

Big Country counties with reported confirmed cases (based on PCR tests as tracked by the state): Howard, 2,431; Erath, 1,936; Scurry, 1,881; Jones, 1,797; Brown, 1,209; Nolan, 1,112; Comanche, 758; Runnels, 537; Eastland, 534; Mitchell, 451; Stephens, 370; Callahan, 335; Coleman, 233; Coke, 214; Fisher, 212; Haskell, 137; Knox, 132; Shackelford, 74; Stonewall, 38; Kent, 29; Throckmorton, 31.

Select West Texas counties: Lubbock, 39,850; Potter (Amarillo), 14,808; Randall (Canyon), 13,385; Midland, 10,803; Wichita (Wichita Falls), 9,733; Ector (Odessa), 6,361; Hale (Plainview), 4,953; Tom Green (San Angelo), 3,846; Moore, 1,802.

SELECT PRISONS (Tuesday update)

Daniel (Snyder): Staff cases – active, 3, recovered, 42; Inmate cases – active, 0, recovered, 232, medical isolation, 0.

Havins (Brownwood): Staff cases – active, 7, recovered, 17; Inmate cases – active, 0, recovered, 48, medical isolation, 0.

Middleton (Abilene): Staff cases – active, 23, recovered, 40; Inmate cases – active, 2, recovered, 239, medical isolation, 2.

Robertson (Abilene): Staff cases – active, 37, recovered, 166; Inmate cases – active, 12, recovered, 1,226, medical isolation, 12.

Sayle (Breckenridge): Staff cases – active, 10, recovered, 30; Inmate cases – active, 0, recovered, 121, medical isolation, 0.

Wallace (Colorado City): Staff cases – active, 10, recovered, 38; Inmate cases – active, 0, recovered, 539, medical isolation, 0.

Brown County reports 6 deaths in 2 days

BROWNWOOD – Brown County health officials reported six COVID-19-linked deaths in two days this week.

On Monday, five deceased were announced, four of whom lived in nursing homes: woman in her 90s, man in his 80s, man in his 70s and woman in her 80s. The fifth person is a woman in her 60s.

The death of a man in his 80s who did not live in a nursing home was announced Tuesday.

The county has 62 deaths connected to the coronavirus. The average age of the deceased is 77.

The county also reported on Monday 90 new cases of COVID-19 and another 45 on Tuesday, for 135 in two days.

Active cases as of Tuesday are 457. The county started the month with 316 active cases.

COVID-19 inpatients at the Brownwood hospital numbered 14 on Tuesday.

The current totals for COVID-19 testing in Brown County as of Tuesday are:

  • Total positive: 2,489
  • Total negative: 6,394
  • Cases confirmed by PCR test: 1,209
  • Cases confirmed by antigen test: 1,280
  • Deaths: 62
  • Recovered: 1,970
  • Scurry County deaths climb to 28

SNYDER – Scurry County officials Wednesday reported one death linked to COVID-19.

The deceased, a woman between the ages of 50 and 60, brings the county’s total number of deaths connected to the coronavirus to 28.

Between Monday and Wednesday, officials also reported 57 new cases of COVID-19. Active cases stand at 97 as of Wednesday, with 1,530 having recovered from the coronavirus.