Victoria County reported 54 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Monday.

The county also reported 29 new recoveries from the disease. The total number of confirmed cases in the county is 4,499, of which 4,250 have recovered.

Victoria school district officials reported eight new COVID-19 cases Monday.

All the cases were among four different campuses with one employee testing positive at Patti Welder Middle School, three at Victoria West High School, three from Dudley Elementary School and one from Crain Elementary School, according to a district news release.

The Patti Welder employee was last on campus Oct. 30, and the others were last on campus Friday.

VISD also reported that one Victoria West student who had tested positive was on campus Nov. 6.

Anyone who came in close contact with any of the six employees will be notified and will need to remain off campus for up to 14 days.

The district has reported 71 cases including 44 among students and 27 among employees since reopening in September. The employee numbers have seen an uptick in recent weeks and even have forced two elementary schools to close.

DeLeon and Torres elementary schools closed last week when several employees either tested positive for or came in contact with the coronavirus. The influx of teacher absences led the district to close both campuses.

Schorlemmer Elementary School is the lone district campus that has no reported cases of the virus.

Forty patients are hospitalized with COVID-19 in Trauma Service Area S as of 4:40 p.m. Monday, which includes all hospitals in Victoria, Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Jackson and Lavaca counties, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

They occupy 7.1% of the 561 staffed hospital beds in the region.

In Victoria County, one inmate and one county jail staff member had tested positive for COVID-19 as of Sunday, according to the Texas Commission on Jail Standards.

One inmate and two staff members had pending COVID-19 test results as of Sunday.

DeWitt County

The county reported updates on Monday to prior case updates from Sept. 28 and Oct. 19.

The current confirmed case count in DeWitt County is 1,059 and the total recovery count is 962.

Changes to the county’s total counts are because of case duplicates and cases attributed to the incorrect county.

Calhoun County

The Calhoun County Office of Emergency Management reported six new confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The county also reported five new recoveries and no new deaths related to the disease. The total confirmed case count is now 960 and total recoveries are 939.

Lavaca County

Twenty three new cases of COVID-19 and an estimated 24 recoveries from the virus were reported in Lavaca County on Monday, according to a news release from Egon Barthels, the county's emergency management coordinator. 

As of Monday, 61 of the county's 1,261 cases remain active. An estimated 1,187 residents have recovered from the coronavirus and 13 have died. 

Matagorda County

Four new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Matagorda County, according to state data.

In total 1,136 county residents have contracted the respiratory disease. Of those, an estimated 1,075 have recovered, and 56 residents have died.

Wharton County

Free testing will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Wharton Civic Center, 1924 N. Fulton St., Wharton, No prior registration is needed.

Wharton County officials did not report any updates on their case count.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to include Lavaca County's case counts for Monday, which were released Tuesday morning.

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COVID-19 cases by county Nov. 9, 2020

County Total Recoveries Deaths
Calhoun 960 939 8
DeWitt 1,059 962 54
Goliad 219 209 4
Jackson 679 644 7
Lavaca 1,261 1,187 13
Matagorda 1,136 1,075 56
Refugio 321 305 16
Victoria 4,499 4,250 95
Wharton 1,551 1,464 49
9-County total 11,685 11,035 302
•Editor’s note: These counts are updated daily. Total case counts include confirmed, pending investigation and probable cases reported by DSHS.

VISD COVID-19 cases Nov. 9

School Students Staff
Aloe Elementary School 1 0
Chandler Elementary School 1 1
Crain Elementary School 1 2
DeLeon Elementary School 1 4
Dudley Elementary School 0 3
Head Start 0 1
Hopkins Elementary School 1 1
Mission Valley Elementary School 0 1
O’Connor Elementary School 3 2
Rowland Elementary School 0 1
Schorlemmer Elementary School 0 0
Shields Elementary School 1 0
Smith Elementary School 2 2
Torres Elementary School 1 1
Vickers Elementary School 1 1
Cade Middle School 3 1
Howell Middle School 3 0
Patti Welder Middle School 2 2
Stroman Middle School 3 3
Victoria East High School 7 1
Victoria West High School 13 4
Liberty Academy 1 0
TOTAL 45 30

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Matilda Jane

"Antibodies are part of the body's immune response to exposure and not the virus itself"*

There are NO COVID-19 antibody tests that confirm infection. Antibody tests merely detect the presence of antibodies.

More testing = more "new cases."

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