The rollercoaster ride of coronavirus stats continues for the county, state and nation.
Last week, Colorado County officials reported that two confirmed positive coronavirus cases were removed from the county’s numbers due to the patients not actually living in the county.
That same day, two more confirmed positive cases were reported for county residents, and two new recovery cases reported.
The two new cases, one a male 30-40 years old and another male, 70-80 years old, are both residents of Eagle Lake.
Both men are recovering at home.
By Monday, June 15, three additional confirmed positive cases were reported for Colorado County.
Two males, one 50-60 years old and another 20-30 years old, and a female 20-30 years old, all reside in Eagle Lake.
All are recovering at home.
County officials state one of the common denominators for recent positive cases has been “individuals coming in contact with a source outside of Colorado County and bringing the virus home.” Additionally, as vacations and other group activities begin, this could create another potential vector of spread into the area.
“We all know the strategies and we have the tools, both in personal protective equipment (PPE) and practices to stop this upward “creep” of the coronavirus cases. We must do our part to curtail and control the spread of this viruses in and around our cities and communities. Please continue to spread the word and continue the protective measures to stop this “creep”, Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Charles “Chuck” Rogers said.
While the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Colorado County has remained low, by comparison the State of Texas has not fared as well.
For the fourth day in a row Monday, June 15, Texas reported record highs in hospitalizations from the coronavirus.
Since Memorial Day, the state has seen steady increases in the numbers of people testing positive for the virus.
The rise in cases has prompted some areas like Austin and Travis counties to reactivate their stay-at-home-orders. Reopened businesses in those areas “are strongly encouraged” to operate their indoor spaces at 25 percent capacity or less and to provide services that promote physical distancing.
But these orders can’t be enforced because Gov. Greg Abbott has allowed Texas restaurants to operate at 75 percent capacity and other businesses to operate at 50 percent capacity.
As the coronavirus first swept through Texas in early March, Abbott allowed local officials to make their own decisions about business closures and stay-at home orders.
Abbott allowed businesses to begin reopening in May after a statewide stay-at-home order expired. As “Reopen Texas” plans were announced, Abbott also issued a new order that overruled any local governments’ mandates that certain businesses stay closed, or that people not wearing masks in public could be fined or penalized.
As the statewide positive case numbers continue to climb, Abbott maintains there is “no need” to scale back reopening plans.
To date, Texas has 89,108 confirmed coronavirus cases and 1,983 coronavirus-related deaths.
CASES AS OF JUNE 16
Colorado County Statistics
Active Cases .............................. 11
Hospitalizations ......................... 0
Fatalities ........................................ 0
“Please continue to spread the word and continue the protective measures to stop this ‘creep’”
Charles “Chuck” Rogers
Office of Emergency Management Coordinator