Texas Health Trace notified Ellis County officials Wednesday afternoon that the county’s active case count now stands at 529, with the total case count to date at 1,458.

“Over the past week, we have seen an increase in active cases in our community,” Ellis County Judge Todd Little said in a media release. “It is imperative we come together to protect public health for all Ellis County residents. It is paramount that we all take personal measures to slow the spread of COVID-19.”

The release notes that officials are monitoring not only the active case count but also hospital capacity.

As of Wednesday, the Ellis County hospital ICU occupancy rate was at 83.75-percent, with 16.25 percent vacancy remaining. Of the hospital ICU occupancy, 70-percent of patients had tested positive for COVID-19, according to the release, which notes data was provided by the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council.

The county’s Office of Emergency Management is in contact with the hospitals, according to the release, which said the hospitals are reporting adequate staffing and PPE to meet the current need.

“Each of us must take personal responsibility and preventative action to help ease the potential strain on our health care facilities across the county,” Little said. “Please continue to wear masks, practice physical distancing, sanitize regularly and stay home unless it is necessary. It takes each of us to protect this community. Together, we will beat COVID-19.”

Of the county’s total case count, 910 cases are listed as recovered. Of the 529 active cases, 516 are confirmed, with 13 probable.

Per the THT’s case count report:

Total cases reported to date: 1,458

• Active cases: 529 (516 confirmed and 13 probable)

• Recoveries: 910

• Deaths: 19

City by city breakdown (total cases to date, active cases at this time):

• Alma – 1 (0)

• Bardwell – 4 (2)

• Ennis – 234 (86)

• Ferris – 63 (20)

• Forreston – 1 (1)

• Glenn Heights – 76 (38)

• Italy – 12 (5)

• Mansfield – 3 (0)

• Maypearl – 11 (2)

• Midlothian – 218 (80)

• Milford – 4 (1)

• Oak Leaf – 3 (2)

• Ovilla – 14 (4)

• Palmer – 18 (4)

• Red Oak – 249 (80)

• Venus – 6 (5)

• Waxahachie – 538 (197)

• Unknown – 3 (2)

Age:

• 0-19 – 173

• 20-29 – 315

• 30-39 – 245

• 40-49 – 241

• 50-59 – 188

• 60-69 – 115

• 70-79 – 69

• 80+ – 63

• unknown – 49

Sex:

• male – 659

• female – 682

• not reported – 117

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.

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

(1) comment

brian

based on population,low numbers.how many are fake? compared to years past,what are numbers of flu?how are mask good for immune system?

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