COVID-19 rising in Gonzales County


As of Wednesday, Nov. 18, reports from Gonzales County Judge Patrick C. Davis shows that there are 49 active cases of coronavirus in the county.

These reports also show that from Nov. 11 to Nov. 18, 51 new cases of the virus were reported. An additional 17 cases were reported on Wednesday, Nov. 18. This brings the total count of COVID-19 cases since April to 1,244, with 1,185 recovered and 10 deaths reported.

Department of State Health Services data shows that coronavirus hospitalizations in Trauma Service Area P have reached 10.1% as of Nov. 17, up from 7.2% on Nov. 11. This 2.9% increase represents 67 new hospitalizations for COVID-19 in the TSA. In the last four weeks, from Oct. 21 to Nov. 17, hospitalizations doubled from 5.1% to 10.1% of capacity in the service area, with 182 new hospitalizations.

The Inquirer reached out to Gonzales Health Systems for clarification regarding how many COVID-19 hospitalizations it is currently treating, but citing privacy reasons it was determined that the information could not be divulged. The Inquirer has also reached out to the DSHS directly regarding this matter.

DSHS data from the week ending Nov. 15 gave a total of two new student case reported off campus in the Gonzales Independent School District, bringing the total of reported cases in the district since data collection began to 17. From Nov. 16 to 19, the school district’s website shows that at least four new cases were reported, which are expected to be reflected in the DSHS reports for weeks ending Nov. 30, delayed due to the Thanksgiving holiday. In Nixon-Smiley Consolidated Independent School District, a total of 7 active cases have been reported in the district, and there are 20 students or staff members under quarantine “due to determination of ‘close contact’ by health authorities,” according to the district website. Three cases within NSCISD have recovered. Waelder ISD is reporting two recovered staff cases and one recovered student case, with no active cases as of Nov. 16.