Kerr County's COVID-19 death toll climbs with 2 more fatalities

The total number of deaths may be nearing 200, but reporting the numbers correctly is still a challenge.

Kerr County had two people die from COVID-19 last week, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The deaths happened on Sept. 14 and on Sept. 18. One of those deaths could have been from Peterson Regional Medical Center, which reported a death on the same day. However, the two entities haven't agreed on the death toll since early December. The state says Kerr County's death toll is 113.

The Lead believes that the death toll is nearing 150 people. This toll does not include the 40 who died in Kerr county nursing homes, assisted living facilities, Kerrville State Hospital and the Kerrville Veteran's Affairs Medical Center.


Since Aug. 1, Peterson reported eight deaths, while DSHS has reported 18 deaths. The Lead believes the death toll is 26 people during that same period. If the Aug. 14 death didn't happen at Peterson, that makes the sixth day since Aug. 1 when at least two people have died from COVID-19 on the same day.

And the death toll across the state continues to add up. On Friday, DSHS reported 436 newly reported fatalities — the second consecutive day with more than 400 deaths.

Those hospitalized at Peterson Regional Medical Center with COVID-19 remained steady at 22 — marking the 54th consecutive day Peterson has had 20 or more COVID-19 patients admitted. The hospital had six patients in intensive care.

If there was good news on the day, it's that the number hospitalized across the state fell below 11,000 for the first time since Aug. 11. However, if you match up the number of fatalities reported with the decline in hospitalizations, a grim picture emerges of the virus's impact on the state.

Peterson reported 15 new cases to close out the week. The other bit of good news is the surge of cases in schools appears to be subsiding with 35 active cases — that's down significantly from two weeks ago when there were more than 200.

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