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.

The Texas Department of Health and Human Services and the Victoria County Public Health Department reported 39 new COVID-19 cases and four new deaths from the respiratory disease Monday.

One death was reported in Lavaca County, and three deaths were reported in Victoria County.

On Sunday, 71 COVID-19 patients occupied 11.2% of 634 staffed hospital beds in the Victoria’s trauma service area, according to the state health department. Hospitalization data is delayed by one day. Because Victoria’s trauma service area has experienced seven consecutive days with COVID-19 patients occupying less than 15% of available hospital beds, restaurants and other businesses can increase their capacity to 75%, and in Victoria County bars can reopen.

There were 267 empty hospital beds, and 27 empty beds in intensive care units, according to state data.

Crossroads COVID-19 cases - Feb. 22, 2021

County Total Recoveries Deaths
Calhoun 1,738 1,703 16
DeWitt 1,838 1,681 56
Goliad 413 386 13
Jackson 1,568 1533 28
Lavaca 2,178 (+1) 2,095 71
Matagorda 3,110 (+3) 2,886 89
Refugio 602 568 17
Victoria 7,829 (+34) 7,315 172
Wharton 3,703 (+1) 3,465 99
9-County total 22,979 (+39) 21,632 561

The Texas Commission on Jail Standards did not publish a COVID-19 report as of 5:30 p.m. Monday.

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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