Doctor says steady number of new COVID cases shows surge isn’t over.


Dr. Kelly Doggett

By SARA VANDEN BERGE

While other parts of the state like Dallas County are reporting that new cases of COVID-19 may be slowing down, Dr. Kelly Doggett said that might not be the case in Erath County.

Doggett, Stephenville’s health authority, said there were nine new cases on Monday.

“The numbers may be a little misleading as one local clinic is averaging around 3 to 4 positives per day, but they don’t report as to whether they are city, county or out of county,” Doggett told Beneath the Surface News. “So, we don’t include those in our totals. We can’t because don’t have enough information.

“We could easily have another 40 to 50 cases on our rolls and are steadily grinding out consistent numbers.”

Dr. Doggett said a recent study released by Harvard University uses a new metric to assess how the pandemic is going by area.

“Using that formula it appears Erath County is in the midst of an outbreak or at least on the verge of one,” he said. “This is not over.”

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