Active cases of COVID-19 rise to 51 in county


Over the week of Wednesday, Nov. 18 to Tuesday, Nov. 24, 40 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Gonzales County. This brings the total number of cases in the county to 1,269, with 1,208 recovered, 51 active, and 10 deaths reported as of Nov. 24. This data comes from daily updates distributed by County Judge Patrick C. Davis. 

Data from the Department of State Health Services show that hospitalizations in Trauma Service Area P, a region which includes Gonzales County, increased by 1.3%, from 10.1% to 11.4%, from Tuesday, Nov. 17 to Monday, Nov. 23. However, this dropped back down to 9.4% on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

This is still approaching the 15% threshold which is necessary to qualify for Governor Greg Abbott’s executive order allowing bars to remain open at 50% capacity and other types of businesses at 75%. Just two weeks before, on Nov. 10, lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 made up 7.3% of hospitalizations. A month ago, 5.1%.

The Inquirer has requested hospitalization numbers from the Gonzales Healthcare System, but that request was denied on grounds of privacy concerns. Similar request has been made of the DSHS for hospitalizations in-county.

As of the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 25, according to district websites, there are 14 active cases reported in Nixon-Smiley Consolidated Independent School District, no active cases reported in Waelder Independent School District. The Gonzales Independent School District reported seven active cases of COVID-19 on its website. Official DSHS data regarding school district cases and totals will become available Monday, Nov. 30, due to the Thanksgiving holiday.