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Active cases of COVID-19 double since last week

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    This dashboard, which can be found at http://ow.ly/SM1q50CG5lu, shows the trends in COVID-19 cases and deaths in Bastrop County. Image courtesy of Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management.
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    As of Wednesday morning, Bastrop County has 345 active cases of COVID-19, and one more death has been reported since Monday evening.

As of Monday afternoon, the number of active COVID-19 cases reported in Bastrop County has doubled, from 170 to 341.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Bastrop County has confirmed a total of 2,528 positive cases of COVID-19, according to the county’s dashboard. So far, 2,149 people have recovered from the illness in Bastrop County.

At the same time last week, the county’s total number of cases was 2,274 with 2,068 recoveries.

The dashboard reports two more COVID-19 fatalities this week, bringing the number of deaths in Bastrop County due to the illness to 38.

According to the weekly update from the Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management (OEM), released on Tuesday, December 1, the week of November 24 through November 30 was the fourth week in a row that Bastrop County saw over 50 new cases in a week. There was also a slight decrease, from 94 to 53 cases, in COVID-19 cases for that week compared to the previous week.

The county’s weekly update also said the county’s two community testing sites in Bastrop and Elgin performed 324 between November 24 and November 30. The positivity rate for tests conducted at these sites for that period is 7.2%, which requires local nursing homes to implement additional precautions.

“Consider taking a COVID-19 test if you spent the Thanksgiving holidays with others than your household members,” last week’s post said. “Please continue minimizing the spread of COVID-19 by following CDC guidelines of wearing masks, social distancing, and washing hands. Stay at home if you are not feeling well.”

For more information about receiving a test at one of these county testing sites, visit www.bastropcountycovid19.org or call 512-972-5560. For local questions about COVID-19, call the Bastrop County hotline at 512-303-4300.

For the latest update, posted each Tuesday, visit @BastropCountyOEM on Facebook. According to its most recent update on Tuesday, December 8, Bastrop County saw 254 confirmed cases between December 1 and December 7, a 379% increase from the previous week.

According to the City of Austin’s COVID-19 dashboard, found at www.austintexas.gov/covid19, the portion of the 78621 zip code in Travis County has reported 232 cases. Last week, this number was 231.

The City of Austin dashboard also includes information about hospitalized patients in the five-county Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), in addition to the case numbers for Austin and Travis County. The MSA includes Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson County.

As of Monday afternoon, the MSA has 227 inpatients in the region’s hospitals, with 77 patients in the intensive care units (ICU) and 43 ventilators in use.

Last week, 205 people were in the hospital as inpatients due to COVID-19, 69 patients were in the ICU and 39 ventilators were in use.

As of last Tuesday, hospitalizations for COVID-19 across the 11-county Trauma Service Area O, which includes Bastrop and Travis counties, is at 6.15%, the lowest in the state, according to the Bastrop County OEM weekly update.

In May, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began gathering and reporting data from nursing homes about the number of confirmed and suspected cases of COVID-19 in residents and staff. As of Monday, data was available through the week ending on November 22 at data.cms.gov. 

Since August 2, the Elgin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has reported no new confirmed COVID-19 cases or deaths among residents; however, one staff member tested positive for COVID-19. A total of 36 residents and 18 staff members have been confirmed with COVID-19 over the 24 weeks of data reported so far, and six residents have died due to the virus.

In early September, Elgin ISD launched a school district dashboard of daily reported COVID-19 cases by campus, found online at www.elginisd.net/Page/6358.

So far, five cases have been reported in December: one staff member and one student at Elgin Intermediate School, reported on December 1 and 6; one student and one staff member at Elgin Elementary School, reported on December 2 and 7; and one staff member at non-campus facilities.

According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website, www.bop.gov/coronavirus, the federal correctional institution in Bastrop has 112 inmates and 16 staff members with active cases of COVID-19 as of Monday afternoon. Last week, 137 inmates and 12 staff members had active cases. One inmate has died of COVID-19, and 259 inmates and three staff members have recovered so far.