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COVID-19 death toll grows to 15

As of Thursday in Uvalde County there had been 647 confirmed cases and 18 deaths that medical professionals have attributed to effects of the coronavirus. Statewide there were approximately 583,000 cases of COVID-19, with 11,057 resulting deaths.

The 18th county death was reported last Thursday of a 69-year-old man. County health authority Dr. Jared Reading said the man had been diagnosed with heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and renal disease. He was not residing in a nursing home or care facility, and COVID-19 was a contributing cause in his death.

Last Wednesday, Reading reported the 17th death involving a Uvalde County resident. Reading said the patient was a 92-year-old woman who tested positive for COVID-19 in late June, and she had multiple other medical problems. She was residing in a nursing home, and her physician listed COVID-19 as a contributing cause of her death.

The 647 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 reported in Uvalde County as of Thursday were up 5.20 percent from the 615 cases reported on Tuesday. Active cases were up by eight, with 62 cases in comparison to the 54 reported on Aug. 18; of those, one patient resides in Knippa, three in Sabinal and 58 in the Uvalde area.

Probable cases remained at 22, with a brief spike to 23 cases on Aug. 19, after no change in this number for weeks.

The probable category is used for people thought to have COVID-19 but who have declined testing; in some cases this may occur because the affected person is living in a household with a confirmed positive case when they become ill.

There are 589 recovered patients who have ended quarantine, and 14 patients are currently hospitalized.

  • Confirmed cases: 647
  • Probable cases: 22
  • Active cases: 62
  • Recovered cases: 589
  • Hospitalized: 14
  • Deaths: 18
  • Negative tests: 4,120

Influenza statistics

There have been approximately 5.55 million confirmed cases of the virus in the United States, with 173,000 reported deaths; worldwide, there have been 22.4 million cases, with 14.3 million patients deemed recovered and 788,000 deaths.

In comparison, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention numbers for the 2017-18 flu season show the so-called “high severity season” included the highest outbreak and corresponding death totals since CDC began reporting the numbers in 1976.

In the statistics, which were released in October of 2018, show influenza and resulting complications resulted in about 79,400 deaths in the United States, while approximately 950,000 patients were hospitalized; an estimated 48.8 million in total got the flu.

In Texas for the same period, more than 11,000 people died, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The following year during the 2018-2019 flu season the CDC estimates that up to 42.9 million people became ill; about 647,000 people were hospitalized and 61,200 died.

From Oct. 1, 2019, through April 4, 2020, the CDC estimates up to 56 million patients were ill with the flu, though they believe fewer people were going to doctors because of the coronavirus outbreak which made it more difficult to track the statistics. Due to this, the estimates vary widely, from 410,000 to 740,000 hospitalized and between 24,000 to 62,000 flu-related deaths.

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