Active COVID-19 cases rise to 135 in county


There were 135 new COVID-19 cases reported in Gonzales County from Wednesday, Dec. 16 to Wednesday Dec. 23, bringing the total active cases to 135. In total, there have been 1,594 confirmed cases, according to daily updates from County Judge Patrick C. Davis. Of these, 1,462 are considered recovered with 10 deaths reported.

Department of State Health Services Data also shows that hospitalizations of lab-confirmed COVID-19 in Trauma Service Area P, which Gonzales County is included in, in proportion to the total hospital capacity is 16.23% as of Wednesday, Dec. 24. Capacity was at 15.67% Tuesday, Dec. 22 and 15.13% on Monday, Dec. 21.

The executive order from Texas Governor Greg Ab- bott which allows bars to re- main open at 50% operation capacity, and other businesses at 75% operation capacity states that hospitalizations must be below 15% capacity to do so. If hospitalizations exceed 15% for seven consecutive days, counties within that TSA will not qualify to opt-in to the order. TSA P has four more days to determine whether the increase is temporary or could force a closure of bars and reduction of operation capacity.

The Gonzales Independent School District closed out the semester with a total of 20 student cases of CO- VID-19, and 12 among staff, according to available DSHS data in a Dec. 13 report. Due to small student population sizes, totals for Nixon-Smiley Consolidated Independent School District and Waelder Independent School District are suppressed, or redacted, in this report. Data provided on these disctricts’ websites, however, show that WISD had a total of three cases among students and staff for the fall semester, and NSCISD had 30 among students and staff.