According to the case line list provided by Texas Health Trace to Ellis County and released Thursday evening, Nov. 19, there have been 6,590 total cases in Ellis County, of which 336 are active. There have been 6,153 recoveries and 101 deaths to date. As of last report, Ellis County has seen 70,571 tests conducted.

The comparison between the state’s DSHS dashboard data and the Texas Health Trace (contact tracing platform) is as follows. Ellis County works directly with the THT data in its verification and reconciliation process.

Death totals reconciled

The Thursday evening report on COVID-19 data relating to Ellis County, as posted on the county’s website, included an update to the total COVID-19 death count as recorded by the state of Texas.

As of this report, there have been 101 deaths from COVID-19.

To date, Ellis County has reported on COVID-19 related deaths as they are distributed locally through the Texas Health Trace platform by the Texas Department of State health Services.

However, to date, multiple discrepancies have existed when comparing the THT number of deaths to the DSHS online dashboard number.

According to the county’s website, DSHS has now directed local jurisdictions to utilize a distributed Fatality Data MOU, which includes all COVID-19 deaths as of March 15, to report COVID-19 related deaths locally.

In the future, DSHS has announced it expects to transition to only reporting newly reported deaths. The estimated lag time between the date of death and the appearance of the death within the fatality data file averages from two to three weeks.

The update on the county’s website includes the new reporting format.

Visit the county’s website at co.ellis.tx.us and click on the COVID-19 dashboard for more information.

DSHS Dashboard Data – Nov. 19

Total positive cases: 6,008

Active Cases: 352

Recoveries: 5,612

Deaths: 103

THT Case Line List – Nov. 19 (as directly verified by Ellis County)

Total positive cases: 6,590

Active cases: 336

Recoveries: 6,153

Deaths: 101

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

• Alma – 1 (0)

• Avalon – 8 (1)

• Bardwell – 24 (0)

• Ennis – 1,204 (44)

• Ferris – 283 (17)

• Forreston – 8 (2)

• Glenn Heights – 387 (13)

• Italy – 121 (7)

• Mansfield – 5 (0)

• Maypearl – 56 (3)

• Midlothian – 1,305 (121)

• Milford – 30 (1)

• Oak Leaf – 5 (1)

• Ovilla – 43 (2)

• Palmer – 147 (7)

• Red Oak – 963 (36)

• Venus – 24 (2)

• Waxahachie – 1,972 (76)

• Unknown – 5 (3)

Age breakdown:

• 0-19 – 995

• 20-29 – 1,151

• 30-39 – 1,115

• 40-49 – 1,029

• 50-59 – 923

• 60-69 – 688

• 70-79 – 358

• 80+ – 299

• unknown – 32

Sex:

• male – 3,011

• female – 3,355

• not reported – 224

Hospitalizations (as of Nov. 19):

• Bed count – 215 bed capacity

• Bed count – 147 occupied

• ICU bed count – 20

• Occupied ICU total – 19

• Occupied ICU COVID-19 confirmed patients – 11

• Available ICU – 1

• COVID-19 confirmed patients – 69 (11 ICU and 58 medsurg)

Deaths by city:

• Bardwell – 1

• Ennis – 5

• Ferris – 3

• Italy – 3

• Midlothian – 19

• Oak Leaf – 1

• Ovilla – 1

• Palmer – 3

• Red Oak – 19

• Waxahachie – 46

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 provide reconciled numbers to the extent allowed considering a time lag of from two to three weeks in data reporting.

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

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