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COVID-19 cases continue to increase in Ellis County, according to the state’s Department of State Health Services data dashboard. As of Monday evening, the county’s active case count stood at 175, more than triple the 54 cases reported July 1.

In just under two weeks, the number of hospitalizations has almost tripled as well, with 23 people in the hospital as of Monday as compared to eight people reported as hospitalized July 8.

The Sun continues to make inquiries as to whether the cases being reported in the county stem from the virus’ more transmissible Delta or Delta-Plus variants; however, county officials said Monday they have not received any confirmation to that effect.

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.

The active case count since the first of the month is as follows:

• July 1 – 54

• July 2 – 58

• July 3 – 75

• July 4 – 75

• July 5 – 75

• July 6 – 100

• July 7 – 97

• July 8 – 119

• July 9 – 122

• July 10 – 121

• July 11 – 121

• July 12 – 121

• July 13 – 106

• July 14 – 94

• July 15 – 136

• July 16 – 149

• July 17 – 175

• July 18 – 175

• July 19 – 175

According to the independent, nonprofit Covid Act Now dashboard, the state of Texas has 43% of its population fully vaccinated, with 49% having received one or more doses. Ellis County has posted a slightly higher vaccination rate than the state average, with the latest data from DSHS showing (as of July 15):

• Percentage of population 12+ vaccinated with at least one dose: 50.02%

• Percentage of population 12+ fully vaccinated: 43.35%

Within the county’s more vulnerable older population, the data shows the following vaccination rates:

• Percentage of population 65+ vaccinated with at least one dose: 82.09%

• Percentage of population 65+ fully vaccinated: 74.91%

As of July 19, Covid Act Now shows Ellis County at the high risk level, reporting 13.3 daily new cases per 100,000 people, an infection rate of 1.34, and a positive test rate of 12%.

Those stats are an increase from those reported July 15, when the county was listed at a medium risk, with 6.9 daily new cases per 100,000 people, a 0.97 infection rate and a positive test rate of 7%.

Ellis County now exceeds the state’s overall stats of 11 daily new cases per 100,000, 1.25 infection rate and 9.7% positive test rate.

As of July 19, the DSHS data dashboard showed the following cumulative data for Ellis County:

• Confirmed cases to date – 19,062

• Probable cases to date – 4,208

• Fatalities to date – 325

• Active cases – 175

• Recoveries to date – 23,016

Total tests to date – 215,465

Ellis County hospital data (as released by county officials)

• Total bed count: 235

• Total beds occupied: 191

• Total ICU bed count – 16

• Total ICU occupied – 15

• COVID-19 patients in the ICU – 5

• COVID-19 patients in MedSurg – 18

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

The Covid Act Now data dashboard can be found online at https://covidactnow.org/.

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

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