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)

Peterson Health reported its largest number of new coronavirus cases since July 17 with 15 new cases reported on Wednesday. 

The latest numbers reflect a surge of cases that have infected 67 people in the county in October — and possibly more. Counts between the state, the county and Peterson Health vary wildly. An estimated 720 to 800 people in Kerr County have tested positive for the virus. 

The Kerrville Independent School District confirmed that three students have the virus — one at Tally Elementary and two at Tivy High School. Schreiner University, which has a strict screening and testing protocol, reported a fifth consecutive week with no cases. 

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported that there are 67 active cases. However, the state’s data says there have been just 49 cases reported this month. That’s a number that seems to be moving — the state walked back one case on Wednesday — and never aligns with Peterson Health’s data.  

Wednesday’s positivity rate was an estimated 25% of those screened tested positive — one of the biggest one day positivity rates the county has seen. However, it should be remembered that the actual positivity rate is likely lower, but still outside of the 10% that the state has considered to be a safe benchmark. 

For the month of October, Peterson Health’s positivity rate has been about 9%. It remains unclear whether the Oct. 5 “Let Us Worship” event at the Coming King Sculpture Prayer Garden, where more than 1,000 people flocked to worship without masks and social distancing, has played a role in the recent numbers. 

October is on target to be one of the worst months for the virus since the start of the pandemic with. The current trend is more than 140 cases in the month. 

On Tuesday, Peterson Health reported nine new cases of the virus. 

The death toll for the virus remains at 13. There are three people hospitalized at Peterson Regional Medical Center with COVID-19. 

Across Texas on Wednesday, the state reported 4,500 new cases and 95 new deaths. 

Peterson Health Covid-19 Testing Results

Date Positive cases Tests conducted Total tests Hospitalized Positivity Rate
Oct. 29 7 43 8050
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

(1) comment

Kimberlee Keller

Unfortunately, the large gathering at the Scripture Garden may have had a large impact on the rise in cases due to no masks and no social distancing. I pray that these infected people will heal quickly and have no lasting effects from this dreadful disease. Wear your masks, Kerr County and practice social distancing. Wearing a mask could save a life as well as your own.

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