As the number of COVID-19 deaths reported quickened, so have the number of fatalities in Kerr County related to the virus.
On Saturday, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported two Kerr County residents died in the last few days from COVID-19. The virus claimed the life of a person on Sept. 17, and another on Sept. 22. That brings the county's death toll to 28 since Aug. 1.
Kerr County's actual death toll is unclear because of discrepancies in how Peterson Health records deaths and how DSHS does it. The Lead believes the death toll is near 200 people — or more.
From Sept. 14 through Sept. 18, seven people died from COVID-19 in Kerr County. At least 3,700 Texans have died from COVID-19 in September, and the number will only get bigger. It takes at least 10 days to file a death certificate.
On Sept. 1, DSHS reported 306 deaths — the first time since January the state saw that many COVID-19 deaths on a single day. Since Sept. 3, the number of fatalities has played a role in the state's declining hospitalizations. While the death toll looks like it may be dropping, it often takes several days for DSHS to process the deaths and update them on its COVID-19 spreadsheets.