The Texas Department of State Health Services said Friday that a second Kerr County resident died from COVID-19 on Aug. 28 — marking at least the 17th death of a Kerr County resident in August.
On another bleak day for Texas, DSHS reported 400 new deaths — recorded over the last 10 days. Since the beginning of August, 5,616 Texans have died from COVID-19. The numbers will grow even higher as the state records backlogged deaths from counties across the state.
Peterson Regional Medical Center saw another patient discharged from the hospital on Friday — dropping those COVID-19 hospitalized patients to 36. Hospitalizations across the state held steady at 13,422 — the 20th consecutive day for 13,000 or more people hospitalized, the most during the pandemic.
On Friday, Peterson Health reported 18 new cases while the state announced more than 23,000 confirmed and probable cases. More than 105,000 people across Texas were infected this week.
As The Lead has previously reported, the number of deaths reported between Peterson and DSHS has been confusing for months. DSHS lists 107 total deaths of Kerr County residents, but the numbers rarely match the days that Peterson reports its fatalities. There's only one day this month when Peterson's list coincides with a date of death provided by the state — Aug. 12. On that day, DSHS reported three deaths. Peterson's also could have happened on Aug. 11.
KERR COUNTY DEATHS IN AUGUST
KERR COUNTY HOSPITALIZATIONS (DAY-BY-DAY)
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KERR COUNTY CASES DAY BY DAY