COVID-19 UPDATE: Cases rise, more deaths reported
KOUNTZE — Hardin County surpassed the 400 mark for the number of active COVID-19 cases in a report posted July 22 by County Judge Wayne McDaniel.
But there were also 3 deaths reported, one a 87-year-old man from Lumberton who was living at a long-term care facility in Beaumont. He said the death would be counted for Jefferson County.
McDaniel stated he tested positive on July 14 and was hospitalised on July 21. He died July 22.
A 61-year-old Kountze man also died on July 22 after being hospitalised on July 10.
McDaniel reported both men had other health condition.
After McDaniel posted the COVID-19 report, he added that an 87-year-old Kountze man who tested positive and was hospitalised July 10, had died.
McDaniel reported there are 409 active cases of the 660 who have tested positive. That is 0.011 percent of the county’s population.
“Our COVID statistics continue increase as people throughout Hardin County continue to have close personal contact with others without always following the recommended code of conduct to keep themselves and others safe,” he stated. “Some still refuse to wear a facial covering, even for a short amount of time, and there are others who still think the virus is not real. I don’t say this to enstill fear – these are facts. I ask everyone to please educate themselves and do what is right to protect yourself, your friends and family, and those you do not even know.”
From July 15 to July 22, active cases jumped from 286 to 409, with the biggest increase among those ages 51-60 (86 to 114).
Active cases among ages 21-30 jumped from 102 to 130 and ages 31-40 went from 79 to 106.
Other increases were in in ages 61 and over (110 to 128). Also, ages 11-20 reported an increase from 42 to 53 and age 21-30 went from 102 to 130.
McDaniel reminded citizens to social distance, wash their hands and wear a mask.
“Wear a mask over your nose and mouth every time you are in close contact with others,” he added. “If you are sick, stay home. These are very simple rules. They are meant to keep us safe and in no way do they infringe on our freedoms. I feel that every right we have as an American citizen is important. These protocols are more important and must be followed for the foreseeable future. It is a matter of public safety, not government overreach.