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Active COVID-19 cases have increased again in Ellis County and now top 200, according to the state’s Department of State Health Services data dashboard. As of Tuesday afternoon, the county’s active case count stood at 209, almost quadruple the 54 cases reported July 1.

The number of hospitalizations has continued to increase, as well, with 29 people in the hospital as of Tuesday as compared to eight people reported as hospitalized July 8.

In response to the Sun’s queries as to whether the cases being reported in the county stem from the virus’ more transmissible delta or delta-plus variants, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Waxahachie officials said they have not found any via the testing that’s been done to date. County officials have declined to comment on the increase being seen in the number of active 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 steadily dropped to below 100 active cases as of April 18, 2021, 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 July 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

• July 20 – 140

• July 21 – 120

• July 22 – 140

• July 23 – 144

• July 24 – 139

• July 25 – 139

• July 26 – 139

• July 27 – 209

According to the independent, nonprofit Covid Act Now dashboard, as of July 26, the state of Texas now has 43.4% of its population fully vaccinated, with 50.7% having received one or more doses. Ellis County has 36.5% of its estimated 180,000 residents fully vaccinated while 42.6% have received at least one dose, according to Covid Act Now.

As of July 26, Covid Act Now shows both Ellis County and Texas at what it considers a high risk level, with the county reporting 9.3 daily new cases per 100,000 people, a 1.12 infection rate and a positive test rate of 11.3%, while the state is reporting 17.7 daily new cases per 100,000, a 1.32 infection rate and a 13.2% positive test rate.

As of July 27, the DSHS data dashboard showed the following cumulative data for Ellis County:

• Confirmed cases to date – 19,206

• Probable cases to date – 4,281

• Fatalities to date – 325

• Active cases – 209

• Recoveries to date – 23,199

Total tests to date – 218,980

Ellis County hospital data (as of July 27 per the county’s report):

• Total bed count: 235

• Total beds occupied: 188

• Total ICU bed count – 20

• Total ICU occupied – 17

• COVID-19 patients in the ICU – 4

• COVID-19 patients in MedSurg – 25

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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