COVID-19 update: 152 active cases in Erath County

Staff Writer
Stephenville Empire-Tribune

As of Friday, July 3 at 3 p.m., Erath County has 188 total positive cases of the coronavirus, 152 active cases and 11 hospitalizations.

“We’ve noticed over the last week or two, a fairly significant increase in the positives we’re getting – sometimes 15-18 new cases a day,” said Dr. Jeffrey Moore, local public health authority. “Part of it is, we’re doing a lot more testing. Three months ago, we ran into the issue of not having a test available and now we’re having different methods of testing and the turnaround time is getting faster and faster. Last week we were testing between 50-80 people a day. Even so, there are a lot of the tests that are negative.

“Part of the reason we’re getting an increase in positive cases is because we’re doing a lot of testing, but I also feel that for whatever reason, it’s more prevalent in our area now and across north Texas.”

Moore said that all patients will be tested for the coronavirus before a procedure is done and that more tests are being conducted because of the “increase in prevalence.”

The increase in positives follows a trend in central Texas and around the state. The latest numbers indicate most of the positive cases have come from the 20-29 age group.

A breakdown of the cases in each age group is listed below:

  • 0-12 years – 12 cases
  • 13-19 years – 19 cases
  • 20-29 years – 62 cases
  • 30-39 years – 22 cases
  • 40-64 years – 50 cases
  • 65+ years – 21 cases
  • Unknown - 2 cases

There are 95 women and 91 men in Erath County with a positive test of COVID-19.

Another free mobile COVID-19 testing facility will be available from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Monday, July 6, at the Cornerstone Assembly of God. To be eligible for the testing, individuals must have one or more symptoms of COVID-19. Drive up to register on-site or call the call center at 512-883-2400 to schedule an appointment. The call center will not be able to take reservations more than 24 hours in advance.

Moore stated that as a matter of encouragement, most individuals who have tested positive for the virus seem to be doing fairly well.

“The big majority of folks seem to be doing okay,” he said. “Some don’t have any symptoms at all; they just come in because they’ve been exposed.”

Moore encourages residents to keep an appropriate distance apart from each other and to wash their hands frequently.

But he really wants to stress the importance of wearing a mask.

“I would really like to see more people wearing masks around town,” he said. “I think that’s the best thing for people to do is get used to wearing masks.”

For daily updates, visit the county webpage at: https://co.erath.tx.us/DocumentCenter/View/1331/COVID-19-Erath-Co-Daily-Report-PDF.

Individuals may also be notified each time the report is updated by creating an account and then clicking on “How Do I...” and choose “Sign Up For” choose “Website Notifications,” enter either an email address or phone number then scroll down to “News Flash” and click which method. Individuals can also check out all the other notifications they may receive such as when commissioner court will be meeting and county jobs. The county’s hope is that their new webpage will keep Erath County citizens more informed.