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McDade schools report COVID-19, briefly close

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    This graph, released on Tuesday, November 10, shows the daily number of COVID-19 cases over the last two months. Image courtesy of Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management
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    As of Wednesday morning, 2,087 cases have been reported in Bastrop County. View the dashboard at www.co.bastrop.tx.us/page/em.coronavirus.

A positive case of COVID-19 was detected on campus at McDade ISD last week, and schools were closed until Monday for cleaning.

McDade ISD reported the case on Thursday evening through their Facebook page @McDadeISD. The person was sent home immediately, and the case was reported to the Texas Department of State Health Services, the Texas Education Agency and Bastrop County health officials, according to McDade ISD. Those agencies worked with school staff to prevent any future spread, and county health authority Dr. Desmar Walkes performed contact tracing to find all individuals who had contact with the patient and require them to self-isolate at home for two weeks.

For privacy, McDade ISD did not release the name or any personal identifiable information of any student or staff member affected.

“You can keep those that may be involved in your thoughts or prayers,” the post said.

McDade schools were closed until Monday in order to allow custodial and maintenance crews to deep-clean all buildings.

 

COVID-19 cases: 105 active, 1,939 recovered

As of Monday afternoon, Bastrop County has confirmed a total of 2,077 positive cases of COVID-19, according to the county’s dashboard. So far, 1,939 people have recovered from the illness in Bastrop County, leaving 105 active cases. At the same time last week, the county’s total number of cases was 2,023, with 1,895 recoveries and 96 active cases. The dashboard reports one more COVID-19 fatality, bringing the number of deaths in Bastrop County due to the illness to 33.

According to the Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management’s weekly update last Tuesday, the county’s two community testing sites in Bastrop and Elgin performed 210 between October 27 and November 2. The positivity rate for tests conducted at these sites for that period is 4.7%.

“We saw a slight decrease in the weekly number of confirmed cases this week,” last week’s post said. “Please ensure that we continue to do our part to keep these numbers down by wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and washing our hands often. Please stay home if you are sick. In addition, please go ahead and get your flu shot this year even if you haven’t done so in previous years.”

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 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 222 cases. Last week, this number was 217.

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 135 inpatients in the region’s hospitals, with 45 patients in the intensive care units (ICU) and 21 ventilators in use. Last week, 105 people were in the hospital as inpatients due to COVID-19, 42 patients were in the ICU and 18 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 October 25 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 or staff members. A total of 36 residents and 17 staff members have been confirmed with COVID-19 over the 20 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 this month, one case of COVID-19 was reported on November 2 from a student at Elgin Intermediate School, and another case was reported on November 5 from a student at Elgin High School or Phoenix High School.

According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website, www.bop.gov/coronavirus, the federal correctional institution in Bastrop Bastrop has 268 inmates and 11 staff members with active cases of COVID-19 as of Monday afternoon. Last week, 141 inmates and 11 staff members had active cases. No inmates or staff members have died of COVID-19, and 13 inmates and three staff members have recovered so far.