Total Falls County COVID-19 cases set to hit 100 soon
Falls County has seen a total of 98 coronavirus cases as of July 24.
Of those 98, more than 50 of them have been female, and about 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 5.90 cases per 1,000 people in Falls County, but that the county has seen zero fatalities as of yet.
There are an estimated 57 active cases and 41 recovered, according to the Department of State Health Services’ calculations on July 24.
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 48.48 percent increase since the 66 cases noted on July 17. There have been a total of 2,279 tests administered, totalling 13.73 percent of the county citizens.
Limestone County is up to 140 total cases, with 76 currently active and an estimated 64 recovered. The county has administered 1,393 tests total and has had a single death recorded. Overall, Limestone County currently has 5.95 cases per 1,000 individuals in the population and has increased by 22.8 percent in the last week.
Robertson County, who saw synonymous numbers to Limestone in past weeks, now has 191 positive cases, which is 11.31 cases per 1,000 people. There are an estimated 117 active and 74 recovered cases. The County has administered just a couple more tests than Limestone as well, with 1,395 tests completed, but has had no fatalities. Total cases have increased by 33.57 percent since July 17.
Milam County has increased steadily over the last weeks, up to 262 as of June 24. There are an estimated 217 recovered and 45 still active, totalling 10.64 positive cases per 1,000 persons. This is the least number of active cases in the six counties. There have been 2,300 tests given within Milam County. The county recorded it’s second death last week, but has had no additional ones. Cases have increased by 29.06 percent.
McLennan continues to have more cases than Bell County, numbers differning by more and more every day. McLennan is at a total of 3,782 compared to Bell County's 2,990. McLennan has just over 2000 recovered cases and about 1750 active cases, the most of the six counties. There are 14.94 cases per 1,000 individuals in the county. There have been 32 deaths, the most recorded in any of the counties surrounding Falls. There have been more than 21,500 tests administered and total cases have gone up by 22.1 percent since July 17.
Bell County has an estimated 1,272 recovered cases and 1,718 active. There have been 27,604 tests administered and 18 fatalities recorded. There are 8.46 cases per 1000 people in the county, with a rise in cases of 16.48 percent, the least of all the counties.
The State of Texas has seen a total of 369,826 positive cases. Of those cases, 212,216 have recovered, but 152,893 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 Wednesday July 22 with 194 fatalities recorded. There have been 4,717 deaths recorded in the state overall, but more seem to be expected.
With Falls County seeing its biggest increase yet yesterday, 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.”