Local virus cases decline, deaths rise


The number of active COVID-19 cases in Austin County has plummeted but at the same time, the number of deaths has spiked.
The state reports Austin County with nine deaths due to the virus, up three from six last week. Five of those happened between Aug. 6-20.
According to County Judge Tim Lapham, the Texas Department of State Health Services shows the county with only 18 active cases, which is a large drop from 144 cases last week and from 216 the week before that.
“DSHS is showing Austin County with 18 active cases, nine deaths, and 460 total cases,” Lapham reported in his weekly posting. “Between Friday and Saturday I received notification of five new cases and six probables, so I’m not sure how current any of the information is, but this is what we are getting. I am not being notified of any information on the deaths. I got information on the first but not on any after that.”
Attached to his report was a map from Texas A&M Corpus Christi depicting the spread statewide.
The 460 total cases is up 18 from the 442 reported last week.

Bellville Medical Center
Bellville Medical Center released an update Monday about COVID-19. It says:
COVID-19 continues to be a hot topic in the news. Depending on who you listen to, it is better, it is worse, it is a conspiracy. Austin County has been spared, so far, a huge impact. For those who have been ill, they don’t feel spared, and for those who have lost loved ones, the impact has been horrific.
The vaccination trials have seen some bumps in the road. That said, AstraZeneca is back on track and other companies remain optimistic. Now is a good time to discuss with your health care provider if you should get the vaccine(s) when available. Those over 65 and with underlying conditions should consider the vaccine. They may be limited in supply, so prepare now.
Speaking of underlying conditions, it should be noted that most deaths associated with the coronavirus have been those who had underlying conditions. They have been deaths WITH COVID-19, not FROM COVID-19. If you have underlying conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, obesity, it is suggested that you follow up with your specialist and heed their recommendations. It is very safe to go to in-office doctor appointments and can be detrimental to postpone routine or acute care.
Eating right, exercising, getting enough sleep and avoiding stress are all good ways to keep healthy any time. In addition to those steps, Vitamin C, Vitamin D and zinc are all excellent supplements to boost your immune system. Support friends and family in their efforts to boost their overall health. Join others in preparing healthy meals, losing weight, exercising and reducing stress, which can also help your mental and emotional health at the same time! Taking productive actions helps give us control over our circumstances and empowers us.


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