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Inaccuracies continue to plague the Texas Health Trace data provided to Ellis County, with officials announcing Tuesday afternoon that, for now, the county will use data provided through the Texas Department of State Health Services.

“Unfortunately, due to unreliable data from the Texas Health Trace (THT), the Ellis County Office of Emergency Management will not have a breakdown of the COVID-19 case updates,” a statement posted on the county’s website reads. “For updated COVID-19 case reports, visit the DSHS dashboard at the link below. If you have additional questions and concerns, please dial 2-1-1 option 6 for COVID related questions.”

According to the DSHS report as of Tuesday, there have been 14,457 confirmed cases in Ellis County, of which 1,120 are active. There have been 1,946 cases listed as probable. There have been 15,223 recoveries and 201 deaths to date. As of last report, Ellis County has seen 130,905 tests conducted.

The DSHS dashboard is updated daily. The DSHS data, however, does not include a city-by-city breakdown of cases, gender breakdown and age breakdown. That was information being provided by THT, a contracted service that serves as the state’s contact tracing entity.

The county receives its hospitalization information from a different database; it also has direct access to the state’s death records to verify those.

DSHS Dashboard Data – Jan. 19

Total confirmed cases: 14,457

Total probable cases: 1,946

Active cases: 1,120

Recoveries: 15,223

Deaths: 201

Hospitalizations (as of Jan. 19):

• Bed count – 235 bed capacity

• Bed count – 188 occupied

• ICU bed count – 28

• Occupied ICU total – 25

• Occupied ICU COVID-19 confirmed patients – 19

• Available ICU – 3

• COVID-19 confirmed patients – 103 (19 ICU and 84 medsurg)

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

Deaths by city (per the county’s verification as of Jan. 19):

• 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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