The Angelina County & Cities Health District reported 42 new cases and 37 new probable cases of COVID-19 on Monday.
The health district last updated the number of cases on Thursday.
The new cases bring the cumulative number of positive tests in Angelina County to 3,024 and the total active cases to 538, including those reported by the Diboll Prison Unit and the Rufus H. Duncan Geriatric Prison Facility in Diboll, as well as the probable cases listed by the health district.
Health district director Sharon Shaw believes the probables should be considered positives because they’re treated the same way: People are encouraged to follow the same quarantine guidelines and given the same regimen, she said.
The state does not include probables when reporting active cases, so their active cases are lower than would be considered active in Angelina County by the health district.
The health district reported 2,205 positive tests and 434 probable cases of COVID-19 in Angelina County on Monday. The health district did not list recoveries; Shaw said it’s not feasible to calculate that on a local level.
“The Texas Department of State Health Services uses a formula to calculate recoveries,” she said. “The state does not add probable cases to the total positive list. The state also has all the death data. We do not currently have access to the death data, so we don’t know who has died. We will never have the same rate calculated as compared to the state.”
The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 2,189 positive cases, 83 fatalities, 2,012 recoveries and 94 active cases in the county on Monday.
The Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council said COVID-19 patients take up 16% of general and intensive care unit beds. They listed no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the ICU and no suspected cases. It also lists 26 confirmed cases in general isolation at local hospitals with no suspected cases.
There are three COVID patients being ventilated and 14 available.
The SETRAC data showed a general decline in hospitalized cases from late July and early August but those have begun to increase again from the early September lows.
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice reported one active offender case, 257 recovered offender cases, nine active employee cases and 45 recovered employee cases in the Duncan facility on Monday. One offender is in medical isolation.
The TDCJ also reported 20 deaths at the Duncan Unit.
The department also reported one active offender case and 40 recovered offender cases in the Diboll Prison Unit. It lists no active employee cases and 15 recovered employee cases. No one is one medical restriction or isolation and the unit is no longer on lockdown.
Starting Sept. 9, the state also began requiring school districts to file weekly reports on new COVID-19 cases among students, teachers and staff. The Texas Education Agency and DSHS will collect and update the data, which will be published and sorted by district.
That data shows 5,725 cumulative positive student cases and 4,132 positive staff cases.
Lufkin ISD rolled out an online daily COVID-19 tracking dashboard. The dashboard will be updated daily with the numbers of students and staff who are currently quarantined or reported positive for the coronavirus and can be accessed at sites.google.com/lufkinisd.org/covid-tracking/home.
There were two new positive cases among students and none among staff on Monday. There were 146 students and 14 staff members in isolation or under quarantine.
Statewide, the DSHS on Tuesday reported 769,303 positive cases, 16,033 deaths, an estimated 683,700 recoveries and an estimated 71,074 active cases. Its dashboard also reported 2,192 new daily cases and 8 new deaths Monday. A total of 6,571,677 molecular tests had been conducted as of Monday.
The true number of cases statewide is likely higher because many haven’t been tested and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick, according to the Associated Press.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and be fatal.