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COVID-19 death toll totals 27

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    This graph shows the daily number of COVID-19 cases since late June through last week. Image courtesy of Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management
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    As of Friday morning, 1,616 cases have been reported in Bastrop County. View the dashboard at www.co.bastrop.tx.us/page/em.coronavirus.

Five additional deaths were added to the county’s COVID-19 dashboard last week and on Monday, resulting in a total of 27.

According to the Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management in its weekly COVID-19 update, the three COVID-19 fatalities added to the dashboard last week did not all occur last week, since the county receives data on deaths after death certificates are submitted to the Texas Department of State Health Services. The remaining two fatalities were added to the dashboard on Monday afternoon.

Last week, the Bastrop County community testing sites completed 183 tests, the update also says. Since July 28, the testing sites have tested and returned results to 819 individuals; of those, 105 tests, or 12.92%, have come out positive.

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

COVID-19 cases: 162 active, 1,391 recovered

As of Monday afternoon, Bastrop County has confirmed a total of 1,582 positive cases of COVID-19, according to the county’s dashboard.

So far, 1,391 people have recovered from the illness in Bastrop County, leaving 162 active cases.

At the same time last week, the county’s total number of cases was 1,536, with 1,282 recoveries and 244 active cases.

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 186 cases.

The City of Austin dashboard also includes information about hospitalized patients in the fivecounty 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 139 inpatients in the region’s hospitals, with 52 patients in the intensive care units (ICU) and 32 ventilators in use.

Last week, 172 people were in the hospital as inpatients due to COVID-19, 63 patients were in the ICU and 40 ventilators were in use.

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 August 16 at data.cms.gov.

At that time, the Elgin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center had reported no new COVID-19 cases among residents or staff, as well as no new resident deaths attributed to COVID-19. A total of 36 residents and 17 staff members have been confirmed with COVID-19 over the 13 weeks of data reported so far, and six residents have died due to the virus.

According to CMS, the Elgin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is able to test or obtain resources to test all current residents, staff and personnel within the next seven days. Over the previous two weeks, the average time to receive a test result for a resident or staff member was between three and seven days. The facility had not performed resident tests since the previous report.