Active COVID-19 cases in county still well down from summer highs

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Posted 10/13/20

According to provisional counts by the Texas Department of State Health Services, there were 18 active cases of COVID-19 in Madison County as of Monday afternoon, a slight rise from dips seen in recent weeks, though still well below mid-summer levels.

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Active COVID-19 cases in county still well down from summer highs

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According to provisional counts by the Texas Department of State Health Services, there were 18 active cases of COVID-19 in Madison County as of Monday afternoon, a slight rise from dips seen in recent weeks, though still well below mid-summer levels.

According to data released by county officials, the DSHS had totaled 21 active cases of the coronavirus as recently as Thursday. On a couple occasions in September, the total active case count hit zero, according to county officials.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Madison County has fallen dramatically since July, when 178 cases were confirmed. There have been a total of 339 cases reported in the county when removing cases from the Ferguson Unit near Midway.

Adding in prisoners and staff at the prison brings the county-wide total to 735. There have been six confirmed deaths in the county directly related to COVID-19.

According to a new poll conducted by the University of Texas and the Texas Tribune, Texas voters are still concerned about the spread of the coronavirus in their communities, but not as worried as they were in April.

In the latest survey, 40% said they are “extremely” or “very” concerned about the spread of infections; 30% said they were “not very” or “not at all” concerned. In April, 54% were extremely or very concerned, while 17% were unconcerned.

Their concerns about “you or someone you know” getting infected are similar: 44% are extremely or somewhat concerned, while 32% say they’re not very or not at all concerned. As with some other questions about the pandemic, concerns are higher in populations that have been hit harder by COVID-19. Among white voters, 37% are extremely or very concerned about themselves or people they know being infected. Among Black voters, 53% have high concern, and among Hispanic voters, 57% have that level of worry.

According to the Texas Tribune, the vast majority of Texas voters believe the coronavirus is serious, but Democrats are much more likely than Republicans to consider it “a significant crisis.”

Among all voters, 53% consider the pandemic “a significant crisis,” but that majority is driven by the 87% of Democrats who classify it that way. Among Republicans, only 24% consider it a crisis, while 47% chose “it’s a serious problem, but not a crisis” to characterize their view. More than one in four Republicans — 27% — said COVID-19 is either “a minor problem” or “not a problem.” Only 3% of Democrats share that view.

Groups that have been more likely to suffer from COVID-19 were more likely to see it as a crisis. Among Black voters, 75% classify it that way; among Hispanic voters, 65% do. Among white voters, 44% call the coronavirus a significant crisis.

“What you’re finding is people expressing less concern about contracting the virus, reemerging into society more, but also not necessarily rating the job that anyone is doing any better or even rating our overall attempts to contain the virus particularly well,” Joshua Blank, research director of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin told Ross Ramsey of the Texas Tribune Tuesday.

“It’s very peculiar where we are,” he said. “You’re seeing people engage as if we’re doing a good job containing the virus, but nobody seems to think that we’re doing a good job containing the virus.”

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