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As of Tuesday afternoon, the Texas Department of State Health Services’ COVID-19 dashboard was reporting Ellis County with 515 active cases.

Hospital admissions continue to increase, with 79 people in the county’s hospitals with active cases of COVID-19, of which 14 are in ICU, where total beds have been increased to 20.

Two deaths have been added to the county’s total, with 327 reported total since the pandemic’s onset.

Hospital officials have said that Ellis County is experiencing what the CDC is reporting elsewhere in the nation:

• from 98-99% of those hospitalized are unvaccinated against the novel coronavirus

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

• Confirmed cases to date – 19,980

• Probable cases to date – 4,613

• Fatalities to date – 327

• Active cases – 515

• Recoveries to date – 23,999

Total tests to date – 226,772

Ellis County hospital data (as of Aug. 10 per the county’s report):

• Total bed count: 235

• Total beds occupied: 210

• Total ICU bed count – 20

• Total ICU occupied – 20

• COVID-19 patients in the ICU – 14

• COVID-19 patients in MedSurg – 65

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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