COVID-19 testing

A Texas National Guard medic pulls a swab from packaging to administer a COVID-19 test at a mobile walk-up testing site at the Victoria Community Center in 2020.

Seven Crossroads residents’ deaths from COVID-19 complications were reported Wednesday, according to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services.

Fatalities reported Tuesday by the state health department include five Victoria County residents, one Goliad County resident and one Wharton County resident. The state does not release additional information about individuals who die from COVID-19.

A total of 182 new cases were reported in the region, which includes Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Jackson, Lavaca, Matagorda, Refugio, Victoria and Wharton counties.

On Wednesday, there were 123 COVID-19 patients occupying 17.4% of 707 staffed hospital beds in Victoria’s trauma service area, according to the state health department. COVID-19 hospitalization data is delayed by one day.

There were 305 empty hospital beds, and 13 empty beds in intensive care units, according to state data.

Crossroads COVID-19 cases — Feb. 3, 2021

Field 1 Field 2 Field 3 Field 4
County Total (+New) Recoveries Deaths
Calhoun 1,629 (+38) 1,520 13
DeWitt 1,726 (+36) 1,567 54
Goliad 392 (+1) 368 10
Jackson 1,527 (+20) 1,402 26
Lavaca 2,087 (+19) 1,935 65
Matagorda 2,844 (+30) 2,618 82
Refugio 580 (+0) 512 17
Victoria 7,534 (+25) 6,787 158
Wharton 3,422 (+13) 3,079 91
9-County total 21,741 (+182) 19,788 516

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 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.

For any questions about COVID-19 data, please reach out to the newsroom by sending an email to

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Kali Venable is an investigative and environmental reporter for the Victoria Advocate. She can be reached at 361-580-6558 or at

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