Racing for a Remedy Profile of a Killer

This 2020 electron microscope image provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratories shows SARS-CoV-2 virus particles which causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells cultured in a lab. Coronaviruses, including the newest one, are named for the spikes that cover their outer surface like a crown, or corona in Latin. Using those club-shaped spikes, the virus latches on to the outer wall of a human cell, invades it and replicates, creating viruses to hijack more cells. (NIAID-RML via AP)

Kerr County reported three new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, along with another person being hospitalized with the virus. 

While the number of positive cases has fallen, the virus continues to stubbornly stick around Kerrville and Kerr County. On Tuesday, Kerrville Fire Department Chief Dannie Smith said he was setting Sept. 21 as a target date to see if the region was through the worst of the pandemic, and that date is 14 days after Labor Day. 

Smith told the Kerrville City Council that he's hopeful that the area is on the downward trend when it comes to cases — following statewide trends. However, the Labor Day weekend remains an area of concern. 

Previous outbreaks have been connected to Memorial Day and Fourth of July celebrations. July, in fact, proved to be a deadly month for the state when 6,431 people died from coronavirus. 

Between July 2 and Aug. 21, at least 100 people per day died in the state of Texas from coronavirus, and the Texas Department of State Health Services is still counting. Since July 2, more than 10,000 people have died from the virus. 

Kerr County's death toll stands at nine, and in Gillespie County the death toll has reached nine. Kendall County has had five deaths from the virus.

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Rusty Fouse


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Rusty Fouse

Same can be said for Kerr county court, commissioners, sheriffs office, local business owners, Kerrville Police and city officials in Ingram etc. They all refused to implement the proper precautions and act by enforcing the Governor's order. Instead they wine about resources and now want hazard pay. Plenty of blame to go around here locally. We need to be more focused here in my opinion. We have money for new properties, and expanding the Tax office. But can’t act to save lives and prevent loss of life with simple options to do so.

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Ella Carter

I must disagree. Trump had a plan and chose not to cause more panic. Try, if you can, to see the rationalization in this. His plan also included not keeping the country and economy shut down which was very smart. We would be in much worse shape if that would have happened. Now the economy is improving and the virus is leveling off. It seems that Trump always had a plan while the democrats only wanted and still continue to destroy him at the cost of destroying the country.

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