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As of Monday evening, the active COVID-19 case count still showed at 895 for Ellis County, with hospitalizations at 139. The death count increased to at 374 since the pandemic’s onset in March 2020.

The data comes from the Texas Department of State Health Services’ COVID-19 dashboard.

Ellis County reported its first case of COVID-19 on March 17, 2020, peaking at about 1,340 active cases Jan. 15, 2021. The county then dropped to below 100 active cases as of April 18, maintaining numbers in the 60-80 range through about June 22, when the numbers dipped further, into the 50s.

As of Sept. 13, the DSHS data dashboard showed the following cumulative data for Ellis County:

• Confirmed cases to date – 23,449

• Probable cases to date – 5,711

• Fatalities to date – 370

• Active cases – 895

• Recoveries to date – 28,186

Total tests to date – 255,356

Ellis County hospital data (as of Sept. 13 per the county’s last report):

• Total bed count: 235

• Total beds occupied: 198

• Total ICU bed count – 41 (typically at 18)

• Total ICU occupied – 41

• COVID-19 patients in the ICU – 34

• COVID-19 patients in MedSurg – 105

Waxahachie ISD showed 192 active cases on its Monday, Sept. 13, report. The district’s dashboard updates daily and reflects the combined number of staff and students for each campus as opposed to separate totals. This allows for a percentage of population to be calculated, with a corresponding color as to the increasing protocols in place, from green with the lowest percentage to yellow, orange and red, successively. It would be at the red level that WISD would consider a transition to online learning and or possible temporary classroom or campus closure.

As of Monday, the WISD campuses were ranked as follows (campus – active cases – percent population:

Green level – less than 4%

• Turner Pre-K Academy – 2 – 0.88%

• Clift Elementary – 20 – 3.61%

• Dunaway Elementary – 8 – 1.56%

• Felty Elementary – 10 – 1.57%

• Marvin Elementary – 3 – 0.84%

• Northside Elementary – 10 – 1.79%

• Shackelford Elementary – 2 – 0.37%

• Simpson Elementary – 10 – 1.62%

• Wedgeworth Elementary – 11 – 1.46%

• Wilemon STEAM Academy – 5 – 1.07%

• Coleman Junior High – 20 – 2.09%

• Finley Junior High – 22 – 2.39%

• Howard Junior High – 12 – 1.61%

• Waxahachie High School – 57 – 1.86%

• Global High School – 9 – 1.86%

• HS of Choice/Challenge Academy – 0 – 0%

• non-campus-based staff – 3 – 1.2% (not ranked with a color)

According to the nonprofit Covid Act Now dashboard, Ellis County remains below the state average in the number of people fully vaccinated: 41.8% vs. 49%.

Here is Ellis County’s comparison to the state average in three key metrics as of Sept. 13:

• daily new cases – 102 per 100K vs. 58.9 per 100K

• infection rate – 1.2 vs. 0.99

• positive test rate – 20.1% vs. 14.8%

Based upon the data, Covid Act Now lists the state of Texas as “very high” risk on the vulnerability level, with Ellis County now at “severe,” the highest level of risk on the vulnerability level, as based upon the data. The Covid Act Now data dashboard can be found online at https://covidactnow.org/.

The DSHS data dashboard can be found online at https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/AdditionalData.aspx.

The county’s hospitalization data is available on the county’s website at https://www.co.ellis.tx.us

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