Madison County may now have first COVID-19 related deaths

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Posted 8/18/20

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported late Monday that Madison County has a total of three fatalities related to COVID-19, though the numbers reported to county officials have yet to receive paperwork that confirms any deaths due to the novel coronavirus.

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Madison County may now have first COVID-19 related deaths

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The Texas Department of State Health Services reported late Monday that Madison County has a total of three fatalities related to COVID-19, though the numbers reported to county officials have yet to receive paperwork that confirms any deaths due to the novel coronavirus.

“Our last DSHS Region 7 report we received listing cases was last week,” said Madison County Emergency Management Coordinator Shelly Butts. “Their report only showed one death with a note marked with "No DC". Translated, that is No Death Certificate received by them.

“They are evidently still waiting to receive that paperwork which should confirm the cause of death.”

The county hasn’t yet received any information on the other two deaths reported on the DSHS dashboard. The DSHS dashboard posts daily updates, though the data is provisional and often disparate from the regional reports delivered to local officials, also known as a line list.

The DSHS dashboard figures also include inmates and employees of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s Ferguson Unit near Midway. As of Monday, TDCJ said there was only one active case of COVID-19 among prisoners at the Ferguson Unit, with 422 confirmed cases already recovered. Among employees at the unit, TDCJ says there are 22 active cases, with an added 109 recovered cases.

DSHS reports 135 total active cases in Madison County. According to the state agency, a backlog of test results may cause a spike in reported cases in coming days.

“Several commercial laboratories have submitted backlogs of test results to DSHS this week. As the backlogged test results are added to the electronic reporting system, some counties are receiving notification of COVID positive results that were previously diagnosed but not reported to the local health department at the time the test was completed,” the DSHS explained on the online dashboard. “For this reason, the statewide confirmed case counts and some county case counts will include some older cases over the next few days.

“DSHS works daily with laboratories to facilitate reporting to ensure local jurisdictions receive timely laboratory reports. Patients were notified at the time of diagnosis through a separate process.”

Across the state, DSHS estimates 127,099 active cases of COVID-19, and reported 2,713 new cases on Monday, a steep decline from the 6,204 reported Sunday. The state’s seven-day average of daily new cases is still 7,507, but that represents a sharp decline since Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a state-wide mask order.

Likewise, the percentage of positive tests among all tests for the virus has fallen to 11.87% from a high of 24.5% on Aug. 11.

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