Gonzales County reported 32 new cases of COVID-19 for the week of Wednesday, Aug. 18 through Tuesday, Aug. 24, giving the county an estimated 94 active cases, according to numbers posted by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).
For the second consecutive week, one death was reported, bringing the county’s total to 61 for the duration of the pandemic. Based on confirmed cases (2,566) and deaths (61), the fatality rate attributed to COVID-19 in the county is 2.38%.
Statewide, for the duration of the pandemic, the DSHS is reporting 2,929,797 confirmed cases during the pandemic, with 54,222 deaths – a fatality rate of 1.86%.
During the week, Gonzales County had as many as 105 active cases – the most since February – before dropping back under 100. There were 90 confirmed cases on Tuesday, Aug. 17.
At Gonzales Healthcare Systems, Holly Danz, director of marketing, reported no COVID-19 cases in the hospital’s four-bed ICU. She also reported COVID-19 hospitalizations were down.
Numbers from surrounding counties show an increase in active cases over the same period of time, but several has smaller increases than in the previous week.
Active cases in neighboring counties are: Caldwell, 500 (up 29); Guadalupe, 902 (down 140); Bastrop, 1,030 (up 82); Fayette, 170 (down 15); Lavaca, 94 (up 6); DeWitt, 43 (down 5); Karnes, 206 (down 68); and Wilson, 263 (down 69).
Statewide, 13,935 new cases were reported as of Aug. 10, an increase of 2,161 over last week, but less than the 5,203 new cases reported the previous week. Deaths increased 33 from the prior week with 84 reported.
COVID-19-related hospitalizations are broken down by county. Gonzales County is part of Trauma Service Area P, which is centered around San Antonio. For Aug. 9, 1,141 lab-confirmed COVID-19 hospitalizations were reported, up 351 from Aug. 2. Of the 1,141 cases, 335 were in Intensive Care Units (ICU). The total represents 17.83% use of available COVID-19 capacity in Area P. Confirmed cases with COVID-19 accounted for 21.59% of all hospitalizations in Area P as of Aug. 9.