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15 cases of coronavirus, 1 fatality reported in DeWitt County

Photo by Associated Press, Illustration by Henry Keller
Photo by Associated Press, Illustration by Henry Keller (KSAT, AP)

DEWITT COUNTY, TexasUpdated April 23:

As of Thursday, DeWitt County reported its 15th case of COVID-19.

The patient is a middle-aged male in rural DeWitt County in the Yoakum area and was exposed in an industrial work setting in Calhoun County, according to officials.

The investigation revealed the patient has followed health guidelines and there are no exposure risks to the public related to this case, county officials said.

Five patients in the county are self-quarantining and recovering at home.

Nine patients have fully recovered, according to officials. No additional deaths were reported.

Updated April 22:

Two more patients have recovered from COVID-19, which brings the total of recoveries to nine, officials said.

There remains four active cases, which add up to 14 total cases since March 18.

One person has died.

Updated April 20:

DeWitt County has confirmed its 14th case of COVID-19, which was also the county’s first fatality, according to officials.

The new case was reported Monday afternoon and officials said the case is believed to have occurred in Victoria, but how the resident contracted the disease is still under investigation.

Other members of the patient’s family have also tested positive for the disease and are included in the 14 cases reported in the county, according to officials.

Two of the family members live outside of Yorktown and one family member lives outside of Cuero, county officials said.

Residents are still urged to follow social distancing guidelines and stay at home orders as the pandemic continues.

We’ll bring more updates as they become available.

Updated April 17:

Three new COVID-19 cases have been reported in DeWitt County, totaling the total number of cases to 13.

According to a news release, a family member outside of Yorktown was infected through community spread of the disease and has passed the infection on to two additional members of the family. One lives outside of Yorktown and the other outside of Cuero.

State health officials report that seven patients are self-quarantined and recovering at home and six patients have fully recovered from the disease.

Currently, one patient is under investigation and self-quarantined at home in Cuero.

No deaths attributable to COVID-19 have been reported in DeWitt County.

Updated April 13:

A new COVID-19 case has been reported in DeWitt County, totaling the number of cases to 10, officials said.

The person who contracted the virus is a Yorktown resident who is currently hospitalized in Victoria County. The victim traveled outside DeWitt County but within Texas.

The total number of hospitalized patients is two. Three people diagnosed with COVID-19 are being treated at home and quarantined. Five patients who were previously diagnosed cases have recovered. Currently, two patients are under investigation at Cuero Regional Hospital.

Updated April 10:

A new COVID-19 case has been reported in DeWitt County, totaling the number of cases to nine, officials said.

The victim is a Cuero resident, and they are isolating at home, officials said.

Four COVID-19 patients in the county are now recovering at home. Five patients have recovered, officials said.

Updated April 9:

A new COVID-19 case has been reported in DeWitt County, totaling the number of cases to eight.

The victim is a Cuero resident, who is hospitalized at Cuero Regional Hospital. It’s not known how the person contracted the virus.

Currently, two patients are under investigation at Cuero Regional Hospital. Six other people are at home and awaiting test results. Others with confirmed cases are quarantined at home. One of the victims of the virus has recovered.

Updated April 4:

An additional COVID-19 case has been reported in DeWitt County, totaling the number of cases to seven.

DeWitt County officials reported the case on Saturday and say it is linked to community spread.

Officials say two Yoakum businesses were visited by the patient when they were symptomatic. They visited the Do-It Center at 408 West Grand and Morrow’s Hardware Store at 409 Lott Street on March 31.

However, exposure to the public is low and no one is required to isolate, officials say.

Two people are hospitalized from COVID-19 in DeWitt County, and one person has been recovered.

No deaths have been reported as of yet in the county.

If you believe you have been exposed or have symptoms such as a fever, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath, you’re urged to monitor yourself for 14 days.

Original:

DeWitt County officials on Thursday reported two new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number to six cases in the county.

According to a news release, one of the cases is a resident from Yorktown and is believed to have acquired COVID-19 through community spread.

The second case is a resident from Cuero and county officials say they acquired the virus from a household member.

One of the six patients has recovered from COVID-19 and no deaths have been reported, according to county officials.

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“In order to stay ahead of this pandemic it is important for everyone to limit our exposure to others. We can choose to ignore the best practices advocated by the medical experts, but we do so at our own risk. Therefore, be mindful that others may not have symptoms when they expose you to the virus,” said County Judge Daryl Fowler in a news release.

DeWitt County is located in Southeast Texas, and as of the 2010 census, its population was 20,097.

COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new virus, stands for coronavirus disease 2019. The disease first appeared in late 2019 in Wuhan, China, but spread around the world in early 2020, causing the World Health Organization to declare a pandemic in March.

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