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As of Monday evening, the active COVID-19 case count was at 840 for Ellis County, with the death count now at 388 since the pandemic’s onset in March 2020. The active case and death counts come from the Texas Department of State Health Services’ COVID-19 dashboard. The county, which reports hospitalizations, last reported those Sept. 15, with that number at 115.

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. 20, the DSHS data dashboard showed the following cumulative data for Ellis County:

• Confirmed cases to date – 24,216

• Probable cases to date – 5,929

• Fatalities to date – 388

• Active cases – 840

• Recoveries to date – 29,226

Total tests to date – 263,425

Ellis County hospital data (last updated Sept. 16 by the county):

• Total bed count: 235

• Total beds occupied: 190

• Total ICU bed count – 31 (typically at 18)

• Total ICU occupied – 29

• COVID-19 patients in the ICU – 17

• COVID-19 patients in MedSurg – 98

Waxahachie ISD showed 117 active cases on its Monday, Sept. 20, report. The district’s dashboard updates daily and reflects the combined number of staff and students for each campus with active covid cases. 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, all WISD campuses were ranked at the green level, which means each campus has less than 4% of its combined student and staff population as active cases.

According to the nonprofit Covid Act Now dashboard, Ellis County remains below the state average in the number of people fully vaccinated: 43.1% vs. 50.2%.

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

• daily new cases – 76.1 per 100K vs. 54.7 per 100K

• infection rate – 1.01 vs. 0.92

• positive test rate – 19.5% vs. 13.4%

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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