One staff member at Elgin Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19, according to Elgin ISD’s new case dashboard.
In an August 27 letter to school administrators, the Texas Education Agency TEA is asking school districts to supply weekly data on the number of positive COVID-19 cases in their schools to help them and the Texas Department of State Health Services compile statewide school-related COVID-19 case data. The data does not include any individually identifiable information, according to the letter. Positive case notifications received on Monday through Sunday must be reported on the following monday by 5 p.m. The online form to report the cases were first available on August 28, and all prior cases must be submitted by September 8.
Last week, Elgin ISD first published their own COVID-19 dashboard, which will display COVID-19 cases among students and staff at each campus. The dashboard will be updated by 4 p.m. daily, and as the school year progresses, data from previous months will be archived and kept available online. The dashboard can be found at www.elginisd.net/Page/6358.
For students lacking their own home learning space, Elgin ISD also sold surplus school desks to families for $1 apiece last week. On Tuesday, September 1, starting at 8 a.m., the desks were available at the old football fieldhouse behind the administration building.
Parents could buy one desk per student, up to three desks per household. By 11 a.m., the Elgin ISD schools announced that the student desks had completely sold out.
The desks had to be sold for a fee, not given away for free, because of state laws regarding the gifting of public funds.
New county testing site opens
A new county COVID-19 testing site opened last week at St. David’s Emergency Center in Bastrop, replacing the original testing site at Mayfest Park.
The new testing site opened last Tuesday with hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., the Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) announced at the beginning of last week. The testing site at Mayfest Park was open during its normal hours last week on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday before closing this week. The testing site at Ascension Seton Health Center in Elgin continues to be open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The testing sites at St. David’s and Ascension Seton will remain open at least through the end of the year, the OEM added.
Patients must register before arriving at any of the test sites. To check eligibility for a COVID-19 test at one of the community testing sites and to make a free appointment, visit www.bastropcountycovid19.org or call 512-972-5560 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. No doctor’s referral or insurance is required.
COVID-19 cases: 149 active, 1,462 recovered
As of Monday afternoon, Bastrop County has confirmed a total of 1,638 positive cases of COVID-19, according to the county’s dashboard.
So far, 1,462 people have recovered from the illness in Bastrop County, leaving 149 active cases.
At the same time last week, the county’s total number of cases was 1,592, with 1,391 recoveries and 162 active cases.
A total of 27 Bastrop County residents have died due to the illness.
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 197 cases.
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 124 inpatients in the region’s hospitals, with 42 patients in the intensive care units (ICU) and 28 ventilators in use.
Last week, 139 people were in the hospital as inpatients due to COVID-19, 52 patients were in the ICU and 32 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 23 at data.cms.gov. Since August 2, the Elgin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has reported no new COVID-19 cases or deaths among residents or staff members. A total of 36 residents and 17 staff members have been confirmed with COVID-19 over the 14 weeks of data reported so far, and six residents have died due to the virus.