Total Falls County COVID-19 cases nearing three digit number
Falls County has seen a total of 95 coronavirus cases as of July 23.
Of those 95, more than 50 of them have been female, and nearly 40 of them have been male. The numbers are almost congruent in being split between both sides of the county; more than 50 on the east and about 40 on the west. Overall, there are 5.72 cases per 1,000 people in Falls County, but that the county has seen zero fatalities.
There are an estimated 55 active cases and 40 recovered, according to the Department of State Health Services’ calculations on July 23.
Falls County continues to have the least amount of cases in the surrounding counties, but has seen the highest increase in the last week. There has been a 58.3 percent increase since the 60 cases noted on July 16. There have been a total of 2,274 tests administered, totalling 13.7 percent of the county citizens.
Limestone county is up to 139 total cases, with 79 currently active and an estimated 66 recovered. The County has administered 1,378 tests total and has had a single death recorded. Overall, Limestone county currently has 5.01 cases per 1,000 individuals in the population and has increased by 26.3 percent in the last week.
Robertson County, who saw synonymous numbers to Limestone in past weeks, now has 186 positive cases, which is 11.01 cases per 1,000 people. There are an estimated 120 active and 66 recovered cases. The County has administered just a couple more tests than Limestone as well, with 1,388 tests completed, but has had no fatalities. Total cases have increased by 48.8 percent since July 16.
Milam County has increased steadily over the last weeks, up to 260 as of June 23. There are an estimated 215 recovered and 45 still active, totalling 8.81 positive cases per 1,000 persons. This is the least number of active cases in the six counties. There have been 2,291 tests given within Milam County. The county recorded it’s second death last week, but has had no additional ones. Cases have increased by 36.13 percent.
McLennan continues to have more cases than Bell County, numbers varying by more and more every day. McLennan is at a total of 3,688 compared to Bell County's 2,931. McLennan has nearly 2000 recovered cases and about 1700 active cases. There are 14.57 cases per 1,000 individuals in the county. There have been 28 deaths, the most recorded in any of the counties surrounding Falls. There have been more than 21,000 tests administered and total cases have gone up by 22.73 percent since July 16.
Bell County has an estimated 1,193 recovered cases and 1,738 active; the most active cases of the six counties. There have been 27,432 tests administered and 18 fatalities recorded. There are 8.29 cases per 1000 people in the county, with a rise in cases of 18.18 percent, the least of all the counties.
The State of Texas has seen a total of 361,125 positive cases. Of those cases, 203,826 have recovered, but 152,778 remain active. The state beat its own record of both new cases and deaths on Wednesday July 15, recording nearly 11,000 new cases and 110 deaths all in one day. The death record was beat again on Friday, July 17, with 174 deaths reported and again yesterday with 194 fatalities recorded. There have been 4,521 deaths recorded in the state overall, but more seem to be expected.
Falls County increased by 19 cases today, beating the previous daily new case record of 9 by more than double. The problem seems to lie with those not following the Governor’s Executive order requiring the public to wear masks. Businesses have the right to turn away those not wearing facial coverings, but chain store employees have reported receiving backlash from superiors for doing so.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported last week that if every person would wear a mask , the United States could get the pandemic under control in one to two months.
“The time is now,” Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the CDC, said during an interview with the Journal of the American Medical Association’s Dr. Howard Bauchner. “I think if we could get everybody to wear a mask right now I think in four, six, eight weeks we could bring this epidemic under control.”
“We are not defenseless against COVID-19,” he said in a press release. “Cloth face coverings are one of the most powerful weapons we have to slow and stop the spread of the virus – particularly when used universally within a community setting. All Americans have a responsibility to protect themselves, their families, and their communities.”