230 total COVID-19 cases in Taylor County; Health District adds demographics in virus report

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ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – According to the City of Abilene and the Taylor-County Public Health District there are no new cases of COVID-19; the total remains 230. So far, 192 people have recovered from the virus and 2 are hospitalized.

According to the city, 4,456 tests have been administered and thirty-three cases are still active.

Five deaths are also being attributed to COVID-19 in Abilene. The number was initially 6, but one of the deceased patients resided in another county.

The number of total cases varies drastically from the 350-odd cases reported weeks ago because the State of Texas recently requested the City of Abilene stop including positive results from the prison units, which are in Jones County, and results based on antibody tests.

Annette Lerma, City of Abilene’s Health Services Director said several factors need to be considered in why the data reported by the city of Abilene might have been “inconsistent” in comparison to other cities, some of them being the following:

  1. The city does not have the same staff accessible as other cities for analyzing data.
  2. The city did not have a reliable database to pull information from.
  3. They were trying to keep the public informed and adjusted reporting data as they saw fit.

“I think we have done our very best to just be as transparent as we can, probably to a fault. You want to involve the public because this their health department,” said Anette Lerma.

Latest COVID-19 testing numbers as of May 26, 2020
Expanded statistics for COVID-19 cases as of May 26, 2020

BigCountryHomepage will update this article if additional information is released.

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