Five more residents of Bastrop County have died due to COVID-19 since last week, bringing the total number of fatalities since the beginning of the pandemic from 42 to 47.
As of Monday morning, 3,281 people have recovered from COVID-19 in Bastrop County, leaving 488 active cases, according to the county’s dashboard, which can be found online at www.co.bastrop.tx.us/page/em.coronavirus.
So far, Bastrop County has reported a total of 2,977 confirmed positive cases and 839 probable cases.
The probable case count includes cases where an individual has either had a positive antigen "rapid" test, or had known exposure to someone with the virus and has symptoms of COVID-19.
At the same time last week, the county’s total number of confirmed cases was 2,844 and the total number of probable cases was 722, with 3,054 total recoveries and 470 active cases.
As of Monday, 902 residents of Bastrop County have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to a dashboard from the Texas Department of State Health Services, found at dshs.texas.gov/news/updates.shtm. Last week, 154 people had received a vaccine.
According to the Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) weekly update last Tuesday, the county’s two community testing sites in Bastrop and Elgin performed 440 tests between December 22 and December 28. The positivity rate for the molecular PCR tests given at the county testing sites between these dates is 11.2%.
Hospitalizations for COVID-19 across the 11-county Trauma Service Area O, which includes Bastrop and Travis counties, was at 10.88% as of last Tuesday, which is higher than the previous week but still the lowest in the state, the update from OEM said.
“Please continue minimizing the spread of COVID-19 by following CDC guidelines by following the three W's: wearing masks correctly, washing hands frequently, and watching social distancing,” last week’s post said. “Consider keeping your gatherings small and holding them outdoors or limiting them to those that live within your household.”
Beginning January 4, only the testing site at St. David’s in Bastrop will remain open. For more information about receiving a test at the county testing site, 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 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 246 cases. Last week, this number was 244.
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 484 inpatients in the region’s hospitals, with 151 patients in the intensive care units (ICU) and 92 ventilators in use.
Last week, 422 people were in the hospital as inpatients due to COVID-19, 132 patients were in the ICU and 77 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 December 20 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, and no new staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 during the last two weeks of data. A total of 36 residents and 21 staff members have been confirmed with COVID-19 over the 28 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, one case of COVID-19 has been reported for January: one staff member at a non-campus facility tested positive on January 2.
Throughout December, a total of 19 cases were reported at Elgin ISD. This includes two students and one staff member at Booker T. Washington Elementary School; three students and two staff members at Elgin Elementary School; two students and one staff member at Neidig Elementary School; one student and two staff members at Elgin Intermediate School; one student and one staff member at Elgin Middle School; one student at either Elgin High School or Phoenix High School; and two staff members at non-campus facilities.
According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website, www.bop.gov/coronavirus, the federal correctional institution in Bastrop has 15 inmates and 26 staff members with active cases of COVID-19 as of Monday afternoon. Last week, 62 inmates and 26 staff members had active cases. One inmate has died of COVID-19, and 453 inmates and four staff members have recovered so far.