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Active case count plummets in VZ County

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Van Zandt County residents were offered a double shot of good news last week by the Northeast Texas Public Health District, receiving word that the number of active COVID-19 cases had been nearly halved during the most recent 7-day reporting period while also being advised that the rate of newly confirmed and positive cases had declined once again.

At the end of the Oct. 7 reporting period, NET Health noted that there were 1,432 active COVID-19 cases in county residents. The most recent data, released on Oct. 14, indicated that those numbers dropped down to just 770 active cases.

Additionally, NET Health has reported just 118 new confirmed or positive cases over the same seven-day reporting period. In contrast, there were 195 new cases between Sept. 23 and Oct. 1 and 190 new cases between Oct. 1 and Oct. 8.

Since tracking began, there have now been 7,857 confirmed or probable cases (cases with a COVID-19 positive antigen test), including 4,615 confirmed cases and 3,242 probable cases during the pandemic began.

The number of cases in Van Zandt County since the pandemic began now includes: 2,223 in residents with a Canton address, up from 2,211 cases at the same time the previous week; 1,900 cases in residents with a Wills Point address, up from 1,877 cases; 963 cases in people with a Grand Saline address, up from 947 cases; 822 cases in people with a Ben Wheeler address, up from 807 cases; 762 cases in people with a Van address, unchanged from the previous week; 627 cases in people with an Edgewood address, up from 614 cases; and 253 cases in people with a Fruitvale address, up from 247 cases.

Additionally, there have been 134 confirmed and probable cases in people with a Mabank address since the pandemic began, unchanged from the previous week; 112 cases in people with a Murchison address, up from 108 cases; 85 cases in people with an Eustace address, up from 84 cases; 48 cases in people with a Chandler address, unchanged from the previous week; 22 cases in people with an Athens addresses, unchanged from the previous week; 12 cases in a person with a Brownsboro address, up from 11 cases; and eight cases in a person with an Edom address, up from seven cases.

A full breakdown by age since the pandemic includes:

-0-20: 832 up from 811 the previous week

-21-40: 1,345, up from 1,323 the previous week

-41-59: 1,305, up from 1,285 the previous week

-60-79: 919, up from 907 the previous week

-80+: 214, up from 213 the previous week

Females have accounted for 4,171 of all county cases while males have accounted for 3,626 cases.

The most recent NET Health reports that 7,110 county residents have caught and fully recovered from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

Vaccination Rate

The number of eligible Van Zandt County residents designated as having at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine or fully vaccinated sits at 44.42 percent entering the new week, while 39.04 percent of all eligible residents have been designated as being fully vaccinated by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

COVID-19 vaccines are available at two locations within the city limits of Wills Point, including Brookshire’s and Bruce and Human.

-Brookshire’s Pharmacy: 1105 W. S. Commerce St. 903-873-8237

-Bruce and Human: 145 N. Fourth St. 903-873-2538

Those interested in getting vaccinated are encouraged to call ahead to check on the availability of vaccines and the hours of operation.

Up-to-date information regarding the coronavirus pandemic, available testing and vaccination sites, case counts and more can be found online by visiting the Texas Department of State Health Services at www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/.