According to the case line list provided by Texas Health Trace to Ellis County and released Friday morning, Jan. 8, there have been 13,820 total cases in Ellis County, of which 1,049 are active. There have been 12,575 recoveries and 196 deaths to date. As of last report, Ellis County has seen 117,714 tests conducted.

The comparison between the state’s DSHS dashboard data and the Texas Health Trace (the state’s contracted contact tracing platform) is as follows. Ellis County works directly with the THT data in its verification and reconciliation process. There continue to be issues with differences, however, in the numbers reported by THT to the county and what the state is releasing directly via its DSHS dashboard.

DSHS Dashboard Data – Jan. 7

Total confirmed cases: 12,873

Total probable cases: 1,705

Active cases: 1,208

Recoveries: 13,311

Deaths: 180

THT Case Line List – Jan. 8 morning (as verified by Ellis County)

Total positive cases: 13,820

Active cases: 1,049

Recoveries: 12,575

Deaths: 196

City by city breakdown (total cases, active cases):

• Alma – 1 (0)

• Avalon – 22 (2)

• Bardwell – 44 (1)

• Ennis – 2,292 (178)

• Ferris – 541 (38)

• Forreston – 26 (3)

• Glenn Heights – 533 20)

• Italy – 248 (16)

• Mansfield – 5 (0)

• Maypearl – 149 (7)

• Midlothian – 2,858 (245)

• Milford – 63 (2)

• Oak Leaf – 15 (1)

• Ovilla – 100 (11)

• Palmer – 314 (39)

• Red Oak – 2,027 (149)

• Venus – 85 (5)

• Waxahachie – 4,471 (330)

• Unknown – 26 (2)

Age breakdown:

• 0-19 – 2,244

• 20-29 – 2,280

• 30-39 – 2,353

• 40-49 – 2,224

• 50-59 – 1,942

• 60-69 – 1,392

• 70-79 – 770

• 80+ – 588

• unknown – 27

Sex:

• male – 6,321

• female – 7,009

• not reported – 490

Hospitalizations (as of Jan. 8):

• Bed count – 235 bed capacity

• Bed count – 198 occupied

• ICU bed count – 29

• Occupied ICU total – 23

• Occupied ICU COVID-19 confirmed patients – 23

• Available ICU – 6

• COVID-19 confirmed patients – 120 (23 ICU and 97 medsurg)

Note: The number of ICU beds adjusts from its typical baseline of 18 as dictated by need.

Deaths by city:

• Avalon – 2

• Bardwell – 2

• Ennis – 37

• Ferris – 6

• Italy – 5

• Maypearl – 1

• Midlothian – 35

• Oak Leaf – 1

• Ovilla – 2

• Palmer – 4

• Red Oak – 34

• Waxahachie – 68

Ellis County received its first positive case of COVID-19 on Tuesday, March 17. The county’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order expired Thursday, April 30, in line with the expiration of the governor’s order. The county approved a memorandum of understanding with the state Aug. 11 to receive additional data with which to address the gap in death counts between DSHS and THT. The state signed the MOU on Aug. 28. As of Nov. 19, the county was able to reconcile numbers to the extent allowed considering a time lag of from two to three weeks in data reporting from the state.

Visit the state’s COVID-19 dashboard on its website at https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/additionaldata/.

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