COVID-19 on track to be a leading cause of death in Victoria County

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The Texas Department of Health and Human Services and the Victoria County Public Health Department reported 143 new COVID-19 cases and five deaths from the respiratory disease in the region Saturday.

One new death was reported in Calhoun County, two deaths were reported in Wharton County and two deaths were reported in Victoria County, according to state data.

On Saturday, 152 COVID-19 patients occupied 23.4% of 650 staffed hospital beds in Victoria’s trauma service area, according to the state health department. Saturday’s hospital data shows that patients with the virus occupied almost one out of every four hospital beds in Victoria’s trauma service area.

There were 220 empty hospital beds, and eight empty beds in intensive care units, according to state data.

Crossroads COVID-19 cases - Jan. 16, 2021

County Total (+new) Recoveries Deaths
Calhoun 1365 (+19) 1274 12
DeWitt 1,545 (+4) 1387 50
Goliad 303 275 9
Jackson 1299 (+22) 1196 23
Lavaca 1,908 (+15) 1,752 59
Matagorda 2,531 (+46) 2,234 72
Refugio 532 (+3) 431 17
Victoria 6,745 (+8) 6,064 134
Wharton 2,919 (+26) 2,537 83
9-County total 19,147 (+143) 17,150 459

ABOUT THE DATA: On Jan. 13 the Advocate shifted to using only COVID-19 data from the Texas Department of State Health Services and Victoria County Public Health Department to provide case daily updates on the spread of the coronavirus in the region. The state compiles case data from local health departments and DSHS health regions, and pulls COVID-19 fatality data directly from official death certificates.These numbers are preliminary and therefore subject to change. State data may differ from data reported by local and regional health authorities because of delays in reporting or discrepancies. We will continue to update the numbers in real time and report changes as they arise.

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