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)

When it comes to reporting numbers on the coronavirus pandemic it appears there is no consensus on the number of cases involving Kerr County residents. 

On Friday night, Kerr County officials put the number at 419, while Peterson Health said it was 395. On Saturday, Texas Department of State Health Services pegged the number at 398. 

In a news release, Kerr County officials said it's information is from a Texas Department of State Health Services Region 8 update that is emailed to local public health authorities each afternoon and it’s numbers are usually different from the data that can be seen on the DSHS’ online dashboard, because the online site lags in updates.

The county said there are 48 active cases, while the state said there are still more than 100.  

The county provides no context in the discrepancy between its count and Peterson's. At one point, the county, Peterson and the city of Kerrville were funneling information through Peterson. That stopped after the county said it had been reporting probable cases — those who are symptomatic, exposed to a known positive but not tested positive themselves. 

The county also revealed that of the 231 cases where there has been an effort to do contact tracing that 58% of those cases could not be definitively traced. Of those cases, at least 53 cases of information has been lost for follow up investigation. 

Across Texas, the number of new cases fell to less than 7,000 on Saturday. The state recorded 247 deaths on Saturday.

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Susan Dennis

This situation reminds me of the old “Keystone Cops”; but it’s not funny. It’s pathetic.

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