Erath Co. reports 8 new cases of COVID-19; overall number of active cases decreases

Vaccine eligibility expands to include all adults in state of Texas

E-T staff report

Erath County has an increase of eight new cases of COVID-19, according to a report released Tuesday by county emergency management officials.

Seven new cases were in Stephenville, and one new case was in the county.

Texas' statewide mask mandate and capacity limits on businesses have ended by order of Gov. Greg Abbott.

Eligibility requirements for Texans seeking to be vaccinated have broadened to include all adults. Those 16 years of age and older are eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, and individuals age 18 or older are eligible to receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Department of State Health Services. 

Coronavirus

Area residents can receive their vaccine at the Erath County Vaccination Center, 2900 W. Washington St., Ste. 92. The vaccinations are free for everyone. To contact the clinic for an appointment or more information, call (254) 459-5053. To register online, go to erathcounty.quickbase.com/

Once registered, an official will contact individuals about their assigned appointment date and time. No walk-ins are allowed.

Of the total 3,149 cases in Erath County since the beginning of the pandemic, 28 are listed as active. Of those, 3,054 are listed as recovered, and 67 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19, the report states. 

Of the total cases, 206 have been among those ages 0-12 years old; 391 cases among those 13-19 years old; and 762 cases among those 20-29 years old.

In the 30- to 39-year-old age group, there have been 394 cases; 889 in the 40-64 age group; and 499 in the 65 and older age group. For eight of the confirmed cases, the age of those affected is unknown.

Of the total cases, 1,755 are female and 1,394 are male.

Currently, there are no Erath County residents hospitalized due to COVID-19, according to the report. 

Across the state

More than 10 million coronavirus vaccinations have been administered in Texas, according to state health officials.

Texas' seven-day rolling average of new cases did not increase over the past two weeks, according to the Associated Press, going from roughly 4,500 new cases per day on March 13 to about 4,000 on March 27.

Texas is receiving more than 1 million new doses this week, and shipments are expected to increase in April, said Imelda Garcia, head of the state’s expert vaccine allocation panel. Garcia told the AP it's still too early to tell how spring break affects Texas COVID-19 cases. However, state officials are pleased with recent trends, she said.