Thursday evening, the state Department of State Health Services notified Ellis County officials that the county’s COVID-19 count had increased by 12 to a total of 179 positive cases since the first case was reported March 17.

Of the 179 cases, 64 are active (61 confirmed positive and three probable), with 109 people having recovered from the novel coronavirus.

The 12 cases of COVID-19 include a 64-year-old male and a 62-year-old female of the same residence in Bardwell, a 41-year-old female of Ennis, a 19-year-old female of Ferris, a 71-year-old male and 68-year-old female of the same residence in Midlothian, a 42-year-old female of Red Oak, and a 26-year-old male and 48-year-old female of Waxahachie.

Three of the additional cases of COVID-19 are from Legend Oaks Healthcare and Rehabilitation facility in Waxahachie. These cases include a 69-year-old female, 81-year-old female, and a 93-year-old male resident. This increases the total number to 26 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 at Legend Oaks.

Six deaths have been reported as of Wednesday in Ellis County, with the most recent one reported Tuesday evening of a 79-year-old female resident of Legend Oaks Healthcare and Rehabilitation.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who have experienced loss during these difficult times,” the county’s press release read. “Let us honor this loss of life by continuing to take precautionary measures to protect the vulnerable and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.”

Details for the 179 total cases are as follows (residence, age, sex):

Residence – total cases, recovered cases:

Bardwell – 2 (0 recovered)

Ennis – 33 (25 recovered)

Ferris – 4 (2)

Glenn Heights – 6 (4)

Mansfield – 1 (1)

Maypearl – 1 (1)

Midlothian – 35 (29)

Ovilla – 5 (3)

Palmer – 2 (1)

Red Oak – 27 (14)

Waxahachie – 63 (29)

Age:

0-19 – 7

20-29 – 21

30-39 – 32

40-49 – 36

50-59 – 31

60-69 – 19

70-79 – 13 (two deaths)

80+ – 20 (four deaths)

Sex:

Male – 84 (two deaths)

Female – 95 (four deaths)

Legend Oaks Healthcare and Rehabilitation cases to date (26):

• April 6 – 86-year-old female resident

• April 9 – 89-year-old female resident

• April 9 – 92-year-old female resident *

• April 14 – 60-year-old male resident

• April 14 – 80-year-old female resident (deceased)

• April 19 – 66-year-old male resident

• April 20 – 75-year-old male resident

• April 20 – 77-year-old male resident

• April 20 – 82-year-old female resident

• April 20 – 90-year-old female resident

• April 22 – 62-year-old male resident

• April 22 – 72-year-old female resident

• April 22 – 83-year-old female resident

• April 22 – 85-year-old male resident

• April 23 – 63-year-old male resident

• April 23 – 79-year-old female resident (deceased)

• April 23 – 84-year-old female resident (recovered)

• April 23 – 87-year-old male resident

• April 23 – 92-year-old female resident *

• April 24 – 65-year-old male resident

• April 24 – 85-year-old female resident

• April 24 – 85-year-old female resident

• April 28 – 70-year-old female resident (recovered) **

• April 30 – 69-year-old female resident

• April 30 – 81-year-old female resident

• April 30 – 93-year-old male resident

* On April 26, the state reported to the county that a 92-year-old female resident of Legend Oaks had died. The state did not specify as to whether it was the 92-year-old female resident whose case was reported April 9 or the one whose case was reported April 23.

** On April 28, the state reported that a 70-year-old female resident of Legend Oak had tested positive. The state then reported on April 29 that the same resident was recovered.

Reported deaths to date (6):

• March 30 – 90-year-old male Midlothian resident

• April 4 – 88-year-old male Ennis resident

• April 13 – 76-year-old female Waxahachie resident

• April 20 – 80-year-old female Waxahachie resident (Legend Oaks)

• April 26 – 92-year-old female Waxahachie resident (Legend Oaks)

• April 28 – 79-year-old female Waxahachie resident (Legend Oaks)

Ellis County received its first positive case of COVID-19 on Tuesday, March 17.

The county’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order expires at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, April 30, which is in line with the governor’s announcement that his order will be allowed to expire the same date and will supersede any lower level of government’s order.

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