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)

Coronavirus is proving to be a stubborn foe for nearly ever part of the United States, including here in Kerrville. 

On Monday, COVID-19 infections rose by 12 in Kerr County and the Waterside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, which county officials had declined to name previously, was formally identified as the site of a significant number of cases early this month. 

In a report filed with the Texas Department of State Health Services, Waterside reported 12 cases of COVID-19 among its patients on Oct. 12. In addition, there were at least four employees who had the virus at that time. State documents show that no patients had the virus until the employees tested positive. 

The actual number may be higher, because county and Peterson Health officials reported on Oct. 15 that there were 11 cases reported at a nursing home, and no one has provided comment about the issue — all citing privacy concerns. 

On Monday, Peterson Health reported 12 new cases of the virus and eight people are hospitalized with COVID-19 at Peterson Regional Medical Center. Peterson Health said it tested 140 people for possible coronavirus symptoms over the weekend. The positivity rate for those tests was more than 8%. 

In Texas, there were 4,418 new cases reported on Monday, which sets the stage for a doubling of cases on Tuesday. In almost ever instance of the state's reporting, Mondays have proven to be light from the weekend, but on Tuesday they have seen significant increases. Here are some examples:

Monday, Oct 19 there were 2,273 cases reported, and the next day that rose to 4,856. 

Monday, Oct. 12 there were 2,384 cases reported, and the next day that rose to 5,050. 

Monday, Oct. 5 there were 2,192 cases reported, and the next day that rose to 3,872. 

Texas also appears to have the most reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S., and is rapidly approaching on 1 million cases. Texas' official total is 867,000 confirmed cases, but others point to more than 920,000 cases. 

The U.S. had another day with more than 60,000 cases, which comes after record days on Friday and Saturday, where more than 83,000 people tested positive each day. 

(3) comments

Mary Lou SHELTON

GENE here: but on the plus side, we now have bragging rights as to #1, surpassing that liberal den of sodom, Calif.

Kimberlee Keller

I agree. Apparantly, he and the others seem to think there is no "pandemic" since our cases aren't as high as other places. Now, the paper reports close to 1,000 cases, which is high for our community. Scary shame!!!

Alan Pazdernik

don't tell judge kelly we only had 12 cases Monday he will be calling abbott too see what more he can open with out masks maybe a gun and knife show every sat with no mask required or 100 percent bars open

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