Forty new COVID-19 cases reported in Taylor County, 23 hospitalizations

Abilene

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ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Forty new COVID-19 cases were reported in Taylor County Friday, and 23 patients are currently hospitalized.

Updated statistics show there are now 180 active cases of COVID-19 in the county.

The forty new COVID-19 positives are all attributed to PCR testing, which has been the gold standard to determine active infections since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. A total of 486 PCR positives have been recorded in Abilene to-date.

A second type of test – known as antigen testing – is becoming more popular and is also accurate at determining active infections, so the Abilene Taylor County Public Health District has begun releasing statistics on those tests as well.

As of June 25, there have been a total of 107 positive antigen tests in Taylor County, with an increase of 20 over the past day.

The 20 new antigen positives are in addition to the 40 PCR positives, meaning that between the two types of tests, there was an increase of 60 COVID-19 cases Friday, and there have been a total of 593 cases since the outbreak began.

BigCountryHomepage will keep track of local COVID-19 statistics each day. Check back for the latest information.

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