Hendrick Health System President/CEO Brad Holland urged the general public to protect towards COVID-19 fatigue as hospitalizations for the sickness have elevated and flu season has arrived.

“We are stable as far as COVID-19 hospitalizations, but due to the increase in the positivity rates and a slight increase in hospitalizations and active cases, I do want to put each of you on notice that it is time to double down and remain safe as we enter the holiday weekends and holiday seasons,” Holland stated in a Tuesday video assertion. 

Brad Holland, president and CEO of Hendrick Health System (Photo: Steve Butman)

Taylor County officers  Tuesday reported a complete of 24 COVID-19 sufferers at Hendrick Medical Center and Abilene Regional Medical Center.

Hendrick had 19 sufferers, with seven within the intensive care unit, Holland stated. About half of the ICU sufferers are on ventilators, he added.

In the six to eight weeks which have adopted the opening of colleges, native well being officers have seen an anticipated enhance in positivity charges and hospitalizations, Holland stated. 

The hospital is ready to handle the present demand for COVID-19 care, however precautions to stop unfold of the illness are essential “to ensure that we have the capacity to meet the needs of heart attacks, strokes and other serious illnesses that might need ICU and hospitalization,” Holland stated.

Hospital officers anticipate about four to six p.c of energetic COVID-19 sufferers to require hospitalization, Holland stated. 

With October marking the appearance of flu season, Holland additionally shared native information that illustrated how COVID-19 is worse than the flu.

The Taylor County COVID-19 mortality charge is 1.eight%, primarily based on three,179 confirmed cases. At Hendrick, the COVID-19 mortality charge for 360 cases is eight.eight%, based on information within the video. The nationwide COVID-19 mortality charge is 2.eight% of seven.four million cases. 

By distinction, the nationwide flu mortality charge is zero.1% for 56 million cases. From Oct. 19, 2019, to March 20, Hendrick had a flu mortality charge of two.06% for 97 flu inpatients, based on the information.

“If you get your flu shot, you will have a less chance of being admitted to the hospital, increasing hospital capacity,” Holland stated.

Taylor County reports 1 loss of life, 36 new cases

The Abilene-Taylor County Health District on Wednesday reported one COVID-19 associated loss of life, 36 new cases and 18 individuals who have recovered from the sickness. 

The deceased is a lady in her 40s with pre-existing situations who died on Aug. 9 outdoors Taylor County. State well being officers reported her loss of life to native officers. The whole variety of COVID-19-related deaths for Taylor County is 59.

Six of the 36 new cases have been confirmed by way of polymerase chain response assessments, and the remaining 30 with antigen testing. 

The variety of energetic COVID-19 cases in Taylor County is 536 (141 PCR cases and 395 antigen cases). A month in the past on Sept. 7, the overall variety of energetic cases within the county was 395 (172 PCR cases and 223 antigen cases). 

Of the 25 folks hospitalized for COVID-19 at Abilene hospitals, 14 are out-of-county residents. The common age of these hospitalized is 69.

On Wednesday, well being officers in San Angelo reported 31 new COVID-19 cases, with 11 folks hospitalized at Tom Green County amenities. 

Coronavirus by the numbers

Abilene/Taylor County (up to date Wednesday): Total constructive PCR cases, 1,579; energetic PCR cases, 141; whole antigen possible cases, 1,650; whole antigen energetic cases, 395; whole PCR recoveries, 1,388; whole antigen recoveries, 1,246; Total deaths, 59; Current hospitalizations at Abilene amenities, 25.

Texas (up to date Tuesday): Total cases, 773,435; New cases, three,872; Active cases (estimated), 71,611; Hospitalized, three,394; Fatalities, 16,111; Total assessments, 7,201,101; Recovered (estimated), 687,277. 

Big Country counties with reported confirmed cases (primarily based on PCR assessments as tracked by the state): Howard, 933; Erath, 887; Scurry, 773; Brown, 593; Jones, 577; Comanche, 317; Runnels, 283; Nolan, 278; Eastland, 196; Stephens, 138; Knox, 104; Mitchell, 101; Callahan, 98; Coleman 81; Haskell, 72; Fisher, 70; Coke, 53; Shackelford, 29; Stonewall, 16; Kent, 9; Throckmorton, 9.

Select West Texas counties: Lubbock, 12,766; Potter (Amarillo), 6,188; Midland, three,987; Ector (Odessa), three,254; Randall (Canyon), three,250; Tom Green (San Angelo), 2,339; Hale (Plainview), 1,940; Wichita (Wichita Falls), 1,989; Moore (Dumas), 1,196.

Sources: City of Abilene, Texas Department of State Health Services (counts PCR cases solely), San Angelo Standard-Times, Scurry County, Eastland County, Brown County

SELECT PRISONS (Tuesday replace)

Daniel (Snyder):Staff cases – energetic, 5, recovered, 34; Inmate cases – energetic, zero, recovered, 236, medical isolation, zero. 

Havins (Brownwood):Staff cases – energetic, three, recovered, 11; Inmate cases – energetic, 2, recovered, 125, medical isolation, 2. 

Middleton (Abilene):Staff cases – energetic, four, recovered, 18; Inmate cases – energetic, zero, recovered, 210, medical isolation, 2. 

Robertson (Abilene):Staff cases – energetic, 5, recovered, 41; Inmate cases – energetic, three, recovered, 228, medical isolation, three. 

Sayle (Breckenridge):Staff cases – energetic, three, recovered, 16; Inmate cases – energetic, zero, recovered, 59, medical isolation, zero. 

Wallace (Colorado City):Staff cases – energetic, four, recovered, 19; Inmate cases – energetic, 1, recovered, 409, medical isolation, 1. 


Abilene ISD:  The district reported 28 energetic AISD-connected cases as of Tuesday.

Wylie ISD: Reported Wednesday 5 new district-connected cases: two college students at Wylie High School, two college students at Wylie West Junior High and one employees member at Wylie East Elementary School.   

Abilene Christian University: Reported Wednesday 53 energetic ACU-related cases, which is 9 greater than reported Tuesday. There are 137 folks quarantined because of potential publicity, which is 30 greater than Tuesday’s quantity. Cumulative variety of cases is 104, with 2,876 assessments administered, which incorporates PCR and antigen assessments on the ACU Medical Clinic and in partnership with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

Hardin-Simmons University: Reported Tuesday 40 energetic HSU-related cases, which is seven greater than reported Monday. 

McMurry University: Reported Tuesday that two college students examined constructive for COVID-19. The college has 10 energetic cases and 10 recovered cases. 

Brown County provides 5 cases

BROWNWOOD – Brown County well being officers Tuesday reported 5 new COVID-19 cases, one primarily based on a PCR take a look at and 5 on antigen assessments. 

One hospitalization at Brown County amenities is COVID-19 associated, and the variety of energetic cases elevated to 54, two greater than reported Monday.

The present totals for COVID-19 testing in Brown County are:

  • Total constructive: 859
  • Total unfavorable: four,193
  • Cases confirmed by PCR take a look at: 594
  • Cases confirmed by antigen take a look at: 265
  • Recovered: 773
  • Deaths: 32

Scurry Country energetic cases proceed climb

SNYDER – Scurry County well being officers introduced Tuesday that 20 extra COVID-19 cases had been confirmed within the county, with eight extra folks recovering from the sickness.

Here is the most recent COVID-19 information for the county, as of Tuesday:

  • Total cases: 593
  • Active cases: 112
  • Recovered: 470
  • Deaths: 11

Texas Cowboys’ Christmas Ball in Anson canceled

ANSON – All three nights of the 2020 Texas Cowboys’ Christmas Ball have been canceled.

Organizers introduced the choice Wednesday following a Tuesday assembly of the administrators and board members, based on a information launch.

An announcement was made in September that Michael Martin Murphey’s look scheduled on Dec. 17 for the 88th annual occasion had been canceled. 

The determination to droop this yr’s staging of the occasion was made after reviewing COVID-19 state pointers and listening to the opinions of the organizing group’s well being and authorized consultants, the discharge stated. 

“The guidelines set in place prevent many traditional aspects of the event, and holding the event would have endangered public health,” the discharge stated. “This was not an easy decision for the board, and we are already making plans for our return in 2021.”

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COVID-19 Tuesday replace: Taylor County adds 35 cases; cases spike at Abilene universities

Laura Gutschke is a general assignment reporter and food columnist and manages online content for the Reporter-News.  If you appreciate locally driven news, you can support local journalists with a digital subscription to 

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