As local positivity rate increases, city officials call COVID-19 ‘relentless.’


By SARA VANDEN BERGE

Two Stephenville officials – emergency services coordinator Jimmy Chew and health authority Dr. Kelly Doggett – say the number of new COVID-19 cases is quite possibly the highest it’s ever been.

“Our positivity rate (number of positives as a percentage of total tested) just hit 10 percent,” Dr. Doggett told Beneath the Surface News. “That’s too high.”

On Tuesday, Erath County emergency management coordinator Susan Driskill reported 18 new cases; 12 in Stephenville and six in the county with 132 still considered active.

Ten additional cases were reported on Friday (Oct. 9) with eight in Stephenville and two in the county.

“There is no doubt that as people quit wearing masks and the state continues to open back up, we will see another spike in cases,” Doggett said. “As cold weather sets in and people gather in numbers indoors, we’ll see more.

“People are tired of hearing it, but the virus doesn’t care. It’s relentless.”

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