Coronavirus Outbreak

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. (NIAID-RML via AP)

Kerr County saw a record number of people hospitalized with coronavirus on Friday with 10 admitted to Peterson Regional Medical Center. 

At least three people were admitted on Friday. 

For most of the week, Peterson Regional Medical Center has had eight people hospitalized with the virus, but at least one was discharged on Thursday. 

Most of these patients were staying outside of the intensive care unit, but in COVID-19 specific rooms. 

At least two people were being cared for in the ICU. 

Peterson Health reported four new cases of the virus on Friday as the county continues to battle an outbreak that appears to be intensifying as we head toward colder temperatures. 

The hospitalization trend was not unique to Kerrville, and across the state more than 5,000 people were admitted to hospitals for the first time since Aug. 24. 

Kerr County officials said there are more than 109 active cases of the virus and more than 910 people have tested positive for the virus since April 1. In October, 118 people have tested positive. 

On Friday, the situation in the United States clearly demonstrated that a second wave is upon much of the country with a record 80,000 new cases reported. 

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is sending more medical reinforcements to the El Paso area in response to a surge of coronavirus infections. The Texas Department of State Health Services and the Texas Division of Emergency Management will provide more medical personnel and equipment this week.

El Paso County reported 3,750 new coronavirus infections this week, including 1,161 on Thursday. That number accounts for 17.5% of the 21,321 cases reported this week by the state’s 254 counties.

All of this comes during a week when the virus made forays into Kerr County schools and nursing homes. 

Center Point Independent School District’s secondary schools — grades six through 12 — were closed Friday as the district wrestles with a small outbreak of COVID-19 on the high school campus. 

In a letter to parents, Center Point Superintendent Cody Newcomb said at least four students have tested positive for coronavirus. Some of those are athletes on the football and volleyball teams.

“With that in mind, and out of an abundance of caution, we have sent all high school students home today and have begun deep cleaning that campus,” Newcomb said. 

Newcombe said the secondary campus was to be deeply cleaned Friday and through the weekend, but students will be expected to return to class on Monday. Students were sent home early Thursday. 

Elementary school students and staff were to attend school as normally scheduled. 

The outbreak among the football team has forced many to quarantine, leading Center Point to postpone its football game last week against Harper and then forfeit this week’s game against Johnson City. The volleyball team ended its season because of a two-week quarantine among players. 

“If your child has been directed to quarantine, they are not allowed to return to school until the date previously discussed with you,” Newcomb wrote in his letter. “If you are not sure of your child’s return date, please contact the campus principal.”

Kerrville Independent School District has had 10 students and five staff members test positive for the virus. However, it has not been enough to close the schools. 

Ingram Independent School District has had five students and five staff members test positive. 

In the San Antonio region, which includes Kerrville, about 5% of those hospitalized were COVID-19 patients, leaving ample capacity to handle a potential surge in new cases. 

Peterson Health Covid-19 Testing Results

Date Positive cases Tests conducted Total tests Hospitalized Positivity Rate
Nov. 24 24 114 10289 13 21%
Nov. 23 41 170 10175 15 24.1%
Nov. 20 13 107 10005 10 12.1%
Nov. 19 17 121 9898 15 14%
Nov. 18 20 105 9777 13 19%
Nov. 17 19 124 9672 11 15.3%
Nov. 16 23 172 9548 8 13.3%
Nov. 13 13 91 9376 12 14.2%
Nov. 12 10 105 9285 12 9.5%
Nov. 11 6 74 9180 12 8.1%
Nov. 10 12 227 9106 12 5.2%
Nov. 9 18 117 8879 14 15.3%
Nov. 6 5 94 8762 10 5.3%
Nov. 5 5 119 8666 11 4.2%
Nov. 4 3 94 8547 10 3.1%
Nov. 3 9 109 8453 12 8.2%
Nov. 2 13 192 8344 10 6.7%
Oct. 30 7 102 8152 9 6.8%
Oct. 29 7 43 8050 7 16.2%
Oct. 28 6 52 8007 4 11.5%
Oct. 27 4 85 7955 5 4.7%
Oct. 26 12 145 7870 8 8.2%
Oct. 23 4 38 7725 10 10.5%
Oct. 22 4 100 7687 7 4%
Oct. 21 11 92 7587 8 11.9%
Oct. 20 12 114 7495 8 10.5%
Oct. 19 10 103 7381 3 9.7%
Oct. 16 7 71 7278 2 9.8%
Oct. 15 3 51 7207 1 5.8%
Oct. 14 15 60 7156 3 25%
Oct. 13 9 104 7096 3 8.6%
Oct. 9 1 44 6908 3 2.2%
Oct. 8 10 70 6864 4 14.2%
Oct. 7 5 79 6794 3 6.3%
Oct. 6 12 111 6715 2 10.8%
Oct. 5 6 154 6604 2 3.8
Oct. 2 4 32 6450 3 12.5
Oct. 1 5 54 6418 3 9.2
Sept. 30 4 67 6364 4 5.9
Sept. 29 4 53 6297 5 7.5
Sept. 28 12 93 6244 3 12.9
Sept. 25 7 62 6151 4 11.2
Sept. 24 5 67 6089 4 7.4
Sept. 23 5 72 6022 2 6.9
Sept. 22 2 145 5950 2
Sept. 21 7 UNK UNK UNK
Sept. 18 2 12 5805 1
Sept. 17 2 127 5793 1
Sept. 16 0 29 5666 1
Sept. 15 7 70 5637 0
Sept. 14 2 116 5567 2
Sept. 11 0 62 5451 0
Sept. 10 0 68 5389 1
Sept. 9 3 74 5321 2
Sept. 8 2 108 5247 1
Sept. 4 1 51 5139 1
Sept. 3 2 71 5088 1
Sept. 2 1 78 5017 0
Sept. 1 5 93 4939 1
Aug 31 2 70 4846 0
Aug 28 0 50 4776 2
Aug 27 0 28 4726 3
Aug 26 1 51 4698 5
Aug 25 4 41 4647 5
Aug 24 3 82 4606 3
Aug 21 3 28 4524 2
Aug 20 3 66 4496 2
Aug 19 2 44 4430 0
Aug 18 1 41 4386 0
Aug 17 2 48 4345 2
Aug 14 3 38 4297 1
Aug 13 2 45 4259 2
Aug 12 4 63 4214 3
Aug 11 5 62 4151 6
Aug 10 3 90 4089 3
Aug 7 4 42 3999 3
Aug 6 1 38 3957 5
Aug 5 1 41 3919 5
Aug 4 3 49 3878 5
Aug 3 3 62 3829 6
July 31 7 17 3767 7
July 29 5 39 3660 8
July 28 8 49 3621 8
July 27 10 85 3572 7
July 24 1 58 3487 6
July 23 10 67 3429 6
July 22 2 155 3362 6
July 21 9 2 3207 7
July 20 17 95 3205 4
July 17 3 23 3110 6
July 16 10 158 3087 6
July 15 3 95 2929 7
July 14 UNK
July 13 13 145 2834 6
July 10 12 71 2689 7
July 9 12 75 2618 6
July 8 10 65 2543 6
July 7 1 73 2478 2
July 6 33 185 2405 2
July 2 6 72 2220 2
July 1 11 72 2148 3
June 30 0 83 2076 1
June 29 27 134 1993 2
June 26 2 81 1859 0
June 25 2 80 1778 0
June 24 10 1698 0
Before June 24 53 1583

(6) comments

Loren Montagna

the nurcing home i live in just tested 13 cases today all in my hall. i tested neg of frin my roommate tested pos, i tested neg on sat and neg on mon and neg today tuesday, so i am locked up even though i dont have covid. and they are keeping people in this hall with covid. there is no doubt i will eventually get the covid 19 because of the way this place is handling it. prior to day there where 18 pos cases, plus the 13 today god send me a hero and get me into a court room

Kimberlee Keller

My prayers are with you and the other residents. Stay away from them as best as you can and wear your mask as much as you can. God will send His Angels to watch over you. Stay safe.🙏🙏😷

Kimberlee Keller

Ummm...no. This virus is not like the flu...it is worse and those statistics are not a lie. It's a shame you feel that way. Cases will continue to rise unless people use their common sense to protect themselves and others.

Kimberlee Keller

Umm...no. This virus is worse than the flu and no, this is not a scare tactic. Just ask the people who have lost loved ones and those who have had it. This virus is serious and cases will continue to go up unless people take it seriously and use their common sense to protect themselves and others.

Joey Sauceda

It's Like the Flu plenty of O..J . Rest Chicken Soup whole oranges Oil of oregano Zinc Hydroxyclorqin All a big Lie to keep us scared for the Lord did not give us Spirit of Fear.

Mary Lou SHELTON

GENE here: but the lord did give you the ability to think. but as to that, who is lying and why?

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