According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, while COVID-19 new daily infections have spiked some since dropping, the state is still experiencing a decreasing rate of daily fatalities and the hospitals are not near overrun. Our case positivity rate is still below 10%, which is a critical value noted by the CDC. Indeed, this is very good news.
In referencing the daily number of new infections, the peak occurred on July 14, 2020, at 10,745. Following this, the state experienced the lowest number of new daily infections on September 28, 2020, at 1397. Since then, there has been a spike; on October 24, 2020, the number of new daily case infections was 6125.
In referencing the daily number of new fatalities, the peak occurred on July 28, 2020, at 265. Following this, the state has had a decreasing number of new daily fatalities. On October 10, 2020, this confirmed number was 47, which is the lowest it has been since April 23, 2020, when the number of new daily fatalities was 35.
In referencing the daily number of state hospitalizations, the peak occurred on July 22, 2020, at 10,893. Following this, the lowest number of hospitalizations was on September 20, 2020, at 3081. Since then, the number has been rising; on October 24, 2020, the state number of hospitalizations was 4995. Still, only 7.5% of the state hospital beds are occupied by COVID-19 patients. One week earlier, 6.7% of the beds were occupied by the same.
With the schools in the state being open, many had concerns for the students. Based on the same source, only 6.6% of the confirmed infection cases occurred for those patients under 20 years old, and 0.16% of all COVID-19 fatalities occurred in patients under 20 years of age. Indeed, every life is precious.
We all have a responsibility to help to eradicate this as best as we can. Please do continue social distancing from those outside your household, do continue wearing your masks when social distancing is more difficult over time, wash your hands many times daily, do not touch your face, and stay home if you are sick or have had significant contact with someone who has tested positive. We do need to self-quarantine when appropriate for at least ten days.
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