COVID-19 cases continue to rise in county

Joshua Baethge,
The Anna-Melissa Tribune
A map from the Texas Department of State Health Services illustrates the spread of COVID-19 across the state.

The number of active COVID-19 cases in Collin County topped 900 for this first time this week with 902 cases reported July 6.

The number decreased slightly to the following day to 857, the second-highest daily active total since testing numbers were released in March.

At the time of Gov. Greg Abbot’s April 27 announcement that Texas would begin easing pandemic related restrictions, 196 cases were still active out of the 676 that had been reported.

Since then, the county health department has reported 3,629 new cases between April 28 and July 7.

Statewide, the number of active cases was hovering just under 100,000.

The state reported a record 10,000 new cases on July 7. As of that day, 2,715 people in Texas had died of the illness.

In response to the rapidly increasing statewide total, Abbott announced July 2 that masks would be required in public spaces, and that outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people would be prohibited unless authorized by mayors and county judges.

This followed his announcement the previous week that bars would again be closed and restaurants limited to 50 percent capacity.

Collin County Judge Chris Hill almost immediately issued a counter proclamation authorizing county residents to have outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people in response to Abbot’s directive.

One piece of good news is the fact that countywide reported deaths have increased at a much slower rate than total cases.

As of July 7, there had been 50 deaths reported, 33 since April 27. That puts the current fatality rate at less than one percent.

In Anna, two people have died out of 81 confirmed cases. Of those, 20 cases remain active as of July 7.

Melissa has reported 56 confirmed cases, 12 currently active. One coronavirus-related death has been reported in the city as of Tuesday.

The state continues to operate a COVID-19 self-checker for people who fear they may have the virus. For more information, visit txctt.force.com/ct/s/assessment.