WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - Thursday’s 159 new COVID-19 cases in Wichita County put the total number at 5,241 since the pandemic began. The county is sitting 11th overall in active cases in Texas.
Amy Fagan with the Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District broke down the numbers over the last sixty days, and if the county keeps heading in the same direction, next month’s numbers could be massive.
In the last thirty days, Wichita County has had 1,439 new cases; in the thirty days before that it was only 862.
But it was the increase in eight times the number of deaths that really took Amy Fagan back.
“More alarming that that,” she said, “and I think I hadn’t realized just how bad it was.”
In the last thirty days, there have been 64 COVID-19 related deaths; it was just eight the thirty days before.
“That death number in the last 30 days is alarming,” she said.
When it comes to PPE or other hospital resources, Wichita County has been consistently getting help from the state of Texas. There are automatic resources deployed if hospitalizations rise above 15-percent, which they have not.
But Fagan said she believes at the root of it is the feeling around COVID-19 cases.
“But the challenge really is at what point do we become alarmed by it?,” she said.
Wichita County Judge Woody Gossom and Wichita Falls Mayor Stephen Santellana meet weekly with the health department for updates. Judge Gossom said his request from the state has been to allow counties and mayors more control of how the COVID-19 situation is handled.
Fagan said it’s going to fall on residents, though, to make a difference.
“People ask me all the time ‘what’s the mayor going to do?’ what’s the county judge going to do? and it’s up to us,” Fagan said, “it’s our responsibility.”