20 new cases of COVID-19 in DeWitt County

DeWitt County officials are reporting changes since the Nov. 2 update. There are 20 new cases to report since Monday. Nine of the individuals live in the Cuero zip code. Ten live in the Yoakum zip code. One lives in the Nordheim zip code. As of today, there are 42 active cases. Three of these patients are hospitalized. Thirty-nine are recovering at home.

Although a total of 1,056 cases have been diagnosed in DeWitt County and reported to the Department of State Health Statistics since Governor Greg Abbott declared a state of emergency on March 13, the case count may vary due to different reporting deadlines. Of this total, 29 are known to be duplicated entries. Ten are known to be reported in the wrong county. This error typically occurs when test results are received from the Yoakum area and the patient’s residence in is Lavaca County.

Taking into account the above-referenced errors, the county believes the correct number of recoveries stands at 960. The deaths reported to the state stand at 54.

County officials made statements about the categorizing of two unrelated deaths into COVID-19 deaths on Sept. 28 and Oct. 19 and subsequently found the information to be false. Officials apologize for the confusion this inadvertent error caused in the community and will strive to make sure all information communicated to the public in the future is factual and proven.

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