Active cases of COVID-19 in Erath County hover above 100 with 34 new ones on Monday.


By SARA VANDEN BERGE

Erath County officials have released the latest number of local cases of COVID-19, reporting 17 new cases on Monday with 13 in Stephenville and four in Dublin.

The report, issued Tuesday morning, states that the county now has a total of 577 cases with 106 of those still considered active.

Dr. Kelly Doggett

But because of reporting protocols, that number is actually higher, according to Stephenville’s health authority Dr. Kelly Doggett.

Doggett told Beneath the Surface News that Monday’s total is actually 34.

“There were 17 more local positives not counted because their permanent address is in another county,” Doggett said, adding that the majority of those patients are in the 18-22 age range.

“We are consistently producing cases daily in double digits, which is actually an increase from a few weeks ago,” he said. “The sample size is small; only a couple of weeks, so I’m hoping the number of cases will continue to be manageable.

“We expected this to happen to some degree as classes resumed locally. The next two to three weeks should tell us if we can expect continued increases in numbers or if they will level off and decline as is the general trend statewide.”

The total number of local hospitalizations remains at 23.

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