Erath County gets 70 new cases of Covid-19; number of active cases double with 12 hospitalizations.


By SARA VANDEN BERGE


There have been 70 new cases of Covid-19 in Erath County in the past week, bringing the total number of active cases to 153 and 12 local hospitalizations.


“Our vaccination rate is very low with 30% of those eligible getting one dose and 26% fully immunized,” Stephenville’s health authority Dr. Kelly Doggett told Beneath the Surface News. “That’s contributing to the substantial rise in cases in Erath County and Texas as a whole.”

You can check out a Covid vaccine and risk tracker by visiting covidactnow.org.


Dr. Doggett said the website gets its numbers from Texas DSHS and the Centers for Disease Control.

“Those still undecided should strongly consider getting immunized,” Doggett said. “There are a number of breakthrough cases in fully immunized people, but 99% of those are not winding up hospitalized or dying.”

Dr. Doggett also said the county’s positivity rate is 21%.


“But it’s even higher at my office,” he said.