State shows county with 142 active COVID-19 cases

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Posted 7/21/20

The Texas Department of State Health Services reports 142 active cases of COVID-19 in Madison County as of Monday afternoon’s update, a sharp rise from the 18 active cases reported on July 1.

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State shows county with 142 active COVID-19 cases

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The Texas Department of State Health Services reports 142 active cases of COVID-19 in Madison County as of Monday afternoon’s update, a sharp rise from the 18 active cases reported on July 1.

DSHS reports 184 total confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the county, which includes recovered cases. There have been no fatalities from the virus reported for Madison County.

The rise in the number of cases in the county has prompted county officials to look for alternate ways to communicate with residents about the virus.

We’re putting all the updates on the county website, including graphs and charts,” Madison County Emergency Management Coordinator Shelly Butts said in an e-mail. “Test location information is included there, also.

“We are no longer sending daily automated caller notifications, as we had before. They will be more sporadic, with weekly updates planned; however, if any major developments occur, we will share those messages as needed.”

Tests for COVID-19 are available today and Thursday at the Walker County Fairgrounds. Testin will return to that site on July 29 and July 30, as well. Those seeking a test must register at www.txcovidtest.org or 1-844-778-2455. Leon County will be hosting multiple opportunities for testing beginning in August.

Across the state, Texas currently has 150,543 active cases out of a total 332,434 confirmed cases.

According to a story by the Texas Tribune, On Monday, Texas reached 4,020 deaths only 10 days after crossing the 3,000 threshold.

New coronavirus cases and hospitalizations have been rising fast across Texas since the beginning of June, and the number of deaths is now rising more quickly as well — a “very predictable” outcome, said Catherine Troisi, an infectious disease epidemiologist at UTHealth School of Public Health in Houston.

Over the last week, COVID-19 has killed an average of 112 people each day in Texas — nearly three times more than two weeks ago. On July 6, the seven-day average was 36 deaths per day.

Troisi said the real number of coronavirus-related deaths is higher.

Madisonville CISD released their plan for the upcoming school year amidst the COVID-19 pandemic last week, offering options for both in-person and online instruction. Students must choose between ‘MCISD Online’ or ‘MCISD On-Campus’ by July 30.

“MCISD Online is fundamentally different in design from the MCISD Learning At-Home experience that returning students undertook at the end of the 2019-20 school year,” stated the district’s plan. “A designated daily schedule for online instruction will be provided to all MCISD Online students that they will be expected to follow. Attendance will be taken for all students every school day.”

The asynchronous plan offers a mix of both live instruction with certified teachers as well as independent learning. Students in online learning will still be able to participate in applicable extracurricular activities.

MCISD’s on-campus option includes a traditional five-day week and class schedule. Students who receive services or accommodations through special education, gifted and talented, 504, or multilingual services will continue to receive the support and services.

The district will also adhere to TEA guidelines regarding face-covering and social distancing rules.

“Students will wear face coverings on buses, in hallways, common areas, and when social distancing is not feasible, including in classrooms, to the extent it is developmentally appropriate. This applies to both school (indoor and outdoor) and bus settings.”

The choice between online or on-campus learning can be made using the parent portal system under ‘Annual Student Information Update’. The deadline is July 30. The choice is a commitment for students until Oct. 16, the conclusion of the first grading period.

North Zulch ISD is currently finalizing their plans for the upcoming school year. The guidance plan will be reviewed by staff and officially released by the end of the week or early next week.

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