Four more deaths in the Elgin area last week have been attributed to COVID-19.
On Monday evening, Bastrop County’s COVID-19 dashboard showed an additional three deaths, and the fourth death was added on Wednesday, bringing the county’s total fatalities to 12.
According to the Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management’s weekly COVID-19 update posted on Friday, these four deaths were two men in their 80s and two women in their 60s, all from the Elgin area.
Nine out of the 12 people in Bastrop County who have died because of COVID-19 were from Elgin or the Elgin area. The other five Elgin-area fatalities have been one person in their 20s, two people in their 50s, one person in their 60s and one person in their 80s.
The update from the Office of Emergency Management also said a total of 385 COVID-19 tests were performed last week at the county community test site. Those interested in a test can sign up by visiting www.bastropcountycovid19.org or calling 512-972-5560; tests are available for free without a doctor’s order on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Total COVID-19 cases pass 1,000
As of Monday afternoon, Bastrop County has confirmed a total of 1,029 positive cases of COVID-19, according to the county’s dashboard.
At the same time last week, the county’s total number of cases was 690.
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) reports that 160 people have recovered from the illness in Bastrop County. In its weekly update post on Friday, the Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management acknowledged that the numbers of recovered COVID-19 patients have not been increasing on the dashboard. The post said the official report that the county receives from DSHS has not updated recoveries, but at that time the DSHS website estimated recoveries in Bastrop County at 420 and active cases at 446.
According to data from DSHS available on Monday, 51 percent, or 525, of the cases have been in females, while 49 percent, or 504, are in males. Forty-seven cases are children nine years old or younger, 68 cases are people between 10 and 19 years old, 223 cases are people in their 20s, 190 cases are people in their 30s, 163 cases are people in their 40s, 153 cases are people in their 50s, 79 cases are people in their 60s, 28 cases are people in their 70s, and 27 cases are people 80 years or older.
Out of the three cities in Bastrop County, Elgin still has the highest number of cases with 193 total confirmed cases; Bastrop has 64 cases, and Smithville has 25 cases. The remaining 747 cases were from residents who live in unincorporated areas of the county. Last week, cases in the Cedar Creek zip code increased by 70, the largest increase out of any zip code in Bastrop County that week, according to the Office of Emergency Management.
Broken down by zip code, Elgin’s region has reported a total of 344 cases in Bastrop County, with 151 cases from the unincorporated part of the 78621 zip code area. According to the City of Austin’s COVID-19 dashboard, the portion of the 78621 zip code in Travis County has reported 142 cases.
The unincorporated portion of the 78602 zip code, which is the area surrounding the city of Bastrop, has reported 169 cases. This area includes the Camp Swift and Lake Bastrop regions. Including the cases within the city limits, the 78602 zip code has reported a total of 233 cases.
The unincorporated portion of the 78957 zip code, which is the area surrounding the city of Smithville, has reported 40 cases, bringing the total for that entire zip code to 65.
The rest of the cases in the unincorporated regions of the county have been found in the following zip codes:
- 78612 (Cedar Creek): 208 cases
- 78616 (Dale): 46 cases within Bastrop County
- 78617 (Del Valle): 76 cases within Bastrop County
- 78650 (McDade): 17 cases
- 78659 (Paige): 21 cases
- 78662 (Red Rock): 13 cases
- 78953 (Rosanky): six cases
See the latest numbers at www.co.bastrop.tx.us/page/em.coronavirus.
The city of Austin’s COVID-19 dashboard, found at www.austintexas.gov/covid19, 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 morning, the MSA has 480 inpatients in the region’s hospitals, with 158 patients in the intensive care units (ICU) and 110 ventilators in use.
Last week, 434 people were in the hospital as inpatients due to COVID-19, 151 patients were in the ICU and 87 ventilators were in use.
According to Friday’s update, the Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management said there were only 50 available ICU beds in Trauma Service Area O as of that morning. Trauma Service Area O is an 11-county region that includes Bastrop, Travis, Lee, Caldwell, Fayette, Williamson, Hays, Llano, San Saba, Burnet and Blanco counties.
“Let’s all please do our part to help slow the spread of the virus so that we do not overwhelm the healthcare system,” the post says.
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 July 7 at data.cms.gov.
At that time, Elgin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center did not report any new confirmed COVID-19 cases in residents or nurses or any new resident deaths due to COVID-19. Over the seven weeks of data reported, Elgin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has reported a total of 35 residents confirmed with COVID-19 with four deaths, and 12 staff members confirmed with COVID-19.