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As of Tuesday evening, the Texas Department of State Health Services’ COVID-19 dashboard was reporting Ellis County with 628 active cases.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the county had reported 103 covid-related hospitalizations, of which 18 were in ICU due to the virus. The county’s hospitals have increased the number of ICU beds to 21, of which all were filled.

The county’s death toll is at 331 (reported since the pandemic’s onset in March 2020.)

Hospital officials have previously said the increase in numbers seen since July 1 in Ellis County is similar to what the CDC is reporting elsewhere in the nation:

• 98-99% of those hospitalized are unvaccinated against COVID-19

• more than half of those hospitalized are younger than age 65

• COVID-19’s delta variant is the primary cause for the current case load.

County officials have declined comment to the Sun on the increase in cases.

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 Aug. 17, the DSHS data dashboard showed the following cumulative data for Ellis County:

• Confirmed cases to date – 20,564

• Probable cases to date – 4,802

• Fatalities to date – 331

• Active cases – 628

• Recoveries to date – 24,659

Total tests to date – 231,588

Ellis County hospital data (as of Aug. 17 per the county’s report):

• Total bed count: 235

• Total beds occupied: 212

• Total ICU bed count – 21

• Total ICU occupied – 21

• COVID-19 patients in the ICU – 18

• COVID-19 patients in MedSurg – 85

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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