According to the case line list provided by Texas Health Trace to Ellis County and released Tuesday evening, Jan. 12, there have been 14,810 total cases in Ellis County, of which 989 are active. There have been 13,624 recoveries and 197 deaths to date. As of last report, Ellis County has seen 122,957 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. 13

Total confirmed cases: 13,933

Total probable cases: 1,866

Active cases: 1,112

Recoveries: 14,627

Deaths: 187

THT Case Line List – Jan. 12 (as verified by Ellis County)

Total positive cases: 14,810

Active cases: 989

Recoveries: 13,624

Deaths: 197

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

• Alma – 1 (0)

• Avalon – 23 (1)

• Bardwell – 46 (3)

• Ennis – 2,400 (108)

• Ferris – 572 (35)

• Forreston – 26 (0)

• Glenn Heights – 548 (20)

• Italy – 266 (18)

• Mansfield – 5 (0)

• Maypearl – 156 (5)

• Midlothian – 3,094 (199)

• Milford – 66 (3)

• Oak Leaf – 15 (0)

• Ovilla – 111 (9)

• Palmer – 351 (35)

• Red Oak – 2,139 (105)

• Venus – 96 (11)

• Waxahachie – 4,869 (435)

• Unknown – 26 (2)

Age breakdown:

• 0-19 – 2,423

• 20-29 – 2,464

• 30-39 – 2,529

• 40-49 – 2,375

• 50-59 – 2,103

• 60-69 – 1,474

• 70-79 – 803

• 80+ – 612

• unknown – 27

Sex:

• male – 6,774

• female – 7,533

• not reported – 503

Hospitalizations (as of Jan. 11):

• Bed count – 235 bed capacity

• Bed count – 195 occupied

• ICU bed count – 29

• Occupied ICU total – 27

• Occupied ICU COVID-19 confirmed patients – 23

• Available ICU – 2

• COVID-19 confirmed patients – 133 (23 ICU and 110 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 – 36

• 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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