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COVID-19 numbers increase

Sunday, November 8, 2020
COVID-19 numbers increase

With the onset of cooler temperatures throughout the country, COVID-19 cases continue to rise. Gaines, Dawson, and Terry counties have all exceeded 600 positive cases of the virus since the world-wide outbreak in March.

Death totals remain low, recoveries are high, yet the number of new cases is rising locally. In one week, Oct. 29 - Nov. 5, 76 positive tests were reported in Gaines County by the South Plains Public Health Department. Locally, as of press time on Friday, Gaines County has had 642 cases, 215 remain active, 418 have recovered, and nine deaths. However, the Texas Department of State Health Services COVID Dashboard reports 12 Gaines County residents have lost their lives to COVID-19.

On Friday, Nov. 6, Dawson County totals have reached 972, with 215 cases remaining active, 418 recoveries, and eight deaths. Terry County has had 693 positive cases, eight deaths, 437 recoveries, and 248 active cases.

In a Washington Examiner article written by Healthcare Reporter David Hogberg, The World Health Organization said that most of the rise in coronavirus cases is not due to increased testing. Instead, we are in a second wave.

“Some of that increase may be attributed to increased testing, but we do not believe this is a testing phenomenon,” said Michael Ryan, executive director of the WHO Emergencies Program. “Hospital admissions are also rising in several countries. Deaths are also rising. They’re not due to increased testing, per se.”